Atlantic held the SWIBA honor band auditions on Saturday, Dec. 14. Of the band members who auditioned, senior Erin Barrick, juniors Bri Wilson and Lex Somers, sophomore Hunter Weppler, and freshman Angelica Anderson made it.
Students auditioning for SWIBA had to learn two different etudes. They also needed to know their scales. In the audition, performers have to draw scales at random, so it is best to be prepared for all the different options. Wilson said on the day of auditions, she went an hour early to practice. At first, Wilson was hesitant to audition because of her “busy schedule,” but band teacher Jarrod O’Donnell encouraged her. “He told me to try my best, so I did and got in,” Wilson said. She plays the clarinet.
The band members who were accepted into the band will perform in a concert. As Atlantic is centrally located, the concert, like the auditions, will be at AHS. All day on Monday, Jan. 20, students will come together and prepare for the concert, which will take place that night. Wilson is excited to participate, as she thinks it will be a good experience. “I’m excited to meet new people and also hang out with the people from Atlantic who made it,” Wilson said.