January 23, 2017

Local musicians chosen for All State Band

NBA All-State Band

Participants (from left) Brianna Palubicki, Eve Estrada, and Sara Lodahl pose with Dr. Jack Stamp.

Three Sparta High School band members — Eve Estrada (flute), Sara Lodahl (flute), and Brianna Palubicki (euphonium) — performed Jan. 20 and 21 in the National Band Association All-State Band.

Membership in the band signifies a level of achievement which places these student musicians in the top percentile among all student musicians in our State. This year’s band was conducted by noted composer and conductor Dr. Jack Stamp. Dr. Stamp is currently an adjunct professor of Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Dr. Stamp served as Director of Band Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 25 years. In addition, he served as chairperson of the music department for six years. He holds a DMA degree in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with Eugene Corporon.

The All State Band concluded the State Convention of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association with a Finale Concert at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Appleton North High School Auditorium.

The Sparta High School Band Director is Carrie Thompson.