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Seven Holyoke students performed in the Honor Band held at Holyoke High School Monday, Jan. 16.

One junior high student and six high schoolers were selected.

Whitney Powell was the lone Holyoke junior high student to perform. She played flute and was her section leader.

Holyoke high schoolers performing were Amy Krogmeier flute, Eva Penzing and Meg Strauss clarinet, Lindsay Helgoth alto saxophone and Ben Martinez and Alyssa Cordova percussion.

Krogmeier and Martinez served as section leaders.

A total of 73 students from 16 schools participated in Monday’s honor band.

Schools involved were Akron, Brush Middle School, Buchanan Middle School, Caliche, Chase County, Neb., Haxtun, Holyoke SR/JR High School, Julesburg SR/JR High School, Revere SR/JR High School, Sterling High School, Sterling Middle School, Wiggins and Wray.


Seven students from Holyoke participated in the Honor Band held in Holyoke Monday, Jan. 16. They are pictured from left, front row, Whitney Powell, Eva Penzing, Meg Strauss and Amy Krogmeier; and back row, Alyssa Cordova, Ben Martinez and Lindsay Helgoth.

—Enterprise photo

The junior high band performed A Renaissance Revel, A Sailor’s Odyssey, The Sky’s the Limit, Elegy, Escape From the Deep and Hosts of Freedom.

The high school performed Joy, Pivot Man, In the Shining Stars, Russian Folk Fantasy and The Great Locomotive Chase.

Serving as the junior high guest clinician was former Holyoke teacher Jeffrey Davis.

Davis is a 38-year veteran teacher. He holds a bachelor’s of music education degree from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Davis was recognized as the Greeley Central High School Teacher of the Year in 1985 and the Greeley Central High School Outstanding Scholar/Sponsor in 1995 and 2007. He was awarded the 2008 Cook Award for Most Inspirational Teacher.

Davis also received Honorable Mention for the 1987 Colorado Teacher of the Year Award. His jazz conceptions combo won the National Downbeat Magazine Student Award for best pop/rock/blues group in 1995.

Davis guided his high school marching band to five state finals appearances and his wind ensemble was selected to perform twice at the Colorado Music Educators’ Conference. Davis has traveled to Europe with Greeley Central’s music groups five times with performances in Dublin, Ireland, The Czech Republic, Paris, Rome and Heidelberg, Germany. More recently, Davis has guest conducted numerous honor bands around the state of Colorado.

Tom Leyba served as the high school guest clinician Monday night.

Leyba taught instrumental music in public schools for 31 years. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Northern Colorado with graduate work at UNC, Colorado State University and Denver University.

Leyba began the jazz programs at Banner County High School in Harrisburg, Neb. and Fort Lupton High School.

Leyba’s groups received numerous awards including featured performances at the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association clinic/conference, nine time regional marching champions, four time state marching finalists, superior ratings at concert, jazz and solo/ensemble festivals and appearances at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, the Calgary Stampede in Canada and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Dublin, Ireland.

Many of his Greeley West students were placed in the various university honor bands and the Colorado All-State Band for 17 straight years. Five students were selected to play in the John Philip Sousa National Honor Band during his tenure at Greeley West. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, American School Band Directors Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, Colorado Music Adjudicators Association, Colorado Bandmasters Association and has served on the board of directors of the CBA.

He retired from teaching in 2002 but remains active with school volunteering, band clinics, adjudication, honor bands and private trumpet and percussion lessons.


Martinez selected as All-State alternate

HHS junior Ben Martinez has been selected as an alternate to perform in the Colorado All-State band.

Martinez was one of five Holyoke students to audition. Should someone drop out or be unable to perform in the percussion section, Martinez will have a chance to participate.

All-State will be held April 12-14 at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

The 110-piece concert band is made up of students from all over the state of Colorado.

To the best of anyone’s knowledge, Martinez would be one out of a small group of Holyoke students to perform in the all-state band—should he be selected.


Holyoke Enterprise January 19, 2012