CHESTERTON | Chesterton High School senior Kaleigh Wilder has been selected to participate in the 53rd annual Indiana All-State High School Band Festival sponsored by the Indiana Bandmasters Association.
Wilder is a member of the Chesterton High School Band program. Since joining band as a sixth-grader, Wilder has been involved in the CHS Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Pep Band, Pit Orchestra, Madrigal Dinner performances and as the drum major for the Trojan Guard Marching Band during both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
She distinguished herself through her many gold medal performances at both the district and state level of the Indiana State School Music Association’s annual solo and ensemble competitions.
Wilder earned the honor of being a part of the All-State Band by participating in a competitive audition process held in January at nine locations across Indiana. More than 750 applied to audition. A selection committee then reviewed recordings from each center. A total of 165 students from 54 high schools have been selected for participation in this year’s festival.
Tom Caneva, of Ball State University, will direct the 82-piece Indiana All-State Band. In addition to the regular Indiana All-State Band, there is a select Honor Band. Paul Popiel of the University of Kansas will direct the 83-member Indiana All-State Honor Band.
All members will participate in a series of activities including seating audition, sectionals, and full rehearsals from Friday through March 10. A grand finale concert will be presented to the public at 2:30 p.m. March 10 in the Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue University West Lafayette campus.
Directions to Elliott Hall of Music many be found on the IBA website at www.indianabandmasters.org.