PREECEVILLE - Olivia Ivanochko of Preeceville was thrilled to have been nominated and said she felt extremely honoured to be selected to perform with the Saskatchewan Junior/Intermediate Provincial honour band.
She was nominated by her band teacher, Nathan Seghers and through a selection process was chosen to be one of the 60 students in Saskatchewan to perform in Saskatoon on Nov. 5.
“This is equal to provincials in sports,” said Seghers. In Seghers’ nomination, he stated Olivia would be a great candidate for the selection of the band. “She is a very dedicated student, and has demonstrated her musical abilities over the last few years. When everything shut down throughout the last two years, and people were not able to do activities, Olivia spent time practicing her saxophone, and has greatly improved her musicianship as a result of that dedication. She is a hard worker, and would be an asset to the band,” he concluded.
“I have been playing the alto Saxophone in the Good Spirit School Division program for four years and was very excited to have this opportunity to experience and be part of a big band,” said Ivanochko.
The Junior North Saskatchewan Honour Band (grades 8-9) provides an enriched music experience for exceptional band students in Saskatchewan, explained the band’s website.
It is an initiative by the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association and is divided into two programs: Northern and Southern Junior Honour Band Programs. The program will alternate between the North and the South and coincide with the SMEA fall conference and the Senior Provincial Honour Groups. This year, 2022 being the North Junior Honour Band. Students are assigned who live north of Davidson. Students will enjoy working with a guest conductor over three days and experiencing sectionals and full band rehearsals. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to network and develop an appreciation for an audience while receiving high-level instruction from our guest conductor and sectional clinicians, concluded the website information.