PCC students invited to join state intercollegiate band
Three Pratt Community College students have been invited to join the Kansas Bandmasters Association (KBMA) Intercollegiate Band to perform next month in Wichita.
The KBMA Intercollegiate Band is comprised of 40-60 students nominated by collegiate band directors to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) In-Service Workshop every other year. Sophomores Arica Alexander, Zach Stone and Dakota Hankins were nominated and selected by PCC Music Instructor Jeremy Rupe who is an alumni of the intercollegiate band when he attended PCC.
This is the first year, since Rupe began instructing at PCC 10 years ago, that our students have been selected to be in the intercollegiate band.
“I am excited for them,” said Rupe. “It is a pretty big deal for a school with no music major to have not just one but three students selected.”
“It feels great to be selected to be in the intercollegiate band,” said Alexander. “I’m excited to be able to listen to some of the all-state ensembles and learn about things that will help me musically.”
Alexander is involved with PCC’s Encore vocal group and multiple concerts and musicals at PCC has been playing the flute for 9 years.
Stone will be playing percussion and Hankins plays the tenor saxophone.
“It will be good to play in a concert band again,” said Hankins. “It’s an honor to be in the intercollegiate band and I am excited to have the experience.”
The trio will have the opportunity to rehearse their music individually in the weeks before the event. At the event they will have one day to rehearse as an ensemble before performing. While at the event they will also have the opportunity to connect with four year universities, music vendors and many other students of all ages. The event is set to have performances from many bands throughout the state.
The KMEA Workshop will be held Feb. 23-25 in Wichita. The Intercollegiate Band will hold their performance Friday afternoon.