LAPEER, Michigan — The Lapeer High School (LHS) Jazz Band will perform at the prestigious Michigan Music Conference at 2:30 p.m. on January 21 in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Hotel. The students are under the direction of LHS jazz band instructor, Mr. Daniel R. Hundt. To be considered for this performance, instructors of school bands, orchestras and choirs from Michigan must submit a live recording and a rigorous application. A panel of judges listen blindly to the recordings. When top applicants are selected, the panel reviews letters of recommendation and success history of the band, such as festival scores. The top applicants are then invited to perform. Lapeer is one of only two Jazz Bands selected statewide. The band has spent many hours selecting and rehearsing music for this special concert.
“This is a tremendous honor, and is a testament to the quality of our entire band program,” Hundt said. “The bands featured at this conference represent the very best of Michigan public schools. Words cannot express how proud I am of these students.”
The performance is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at www.michiganmusicconference.org. Tickets are also available on site at the DeVos box office on the day of the performance, one hour before the event.
“Lapeer Community Schools has a longstanding tradition of excellence in the performing arts,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “Our bands have competed at the highest levels across the state and consistently represented our community with the highest standards of quality for teaching and learning.”
The Michigan Music Conference features school ensemble concerts, performances from Honors Choirs, All-State Bands, and Orchestras; sessions for in-service and pre-service teachers; professional development clinics; hands-on technology workshops; and association membership and business meetings. The 2016 attendance included approximately 9,000 teachers, administrators, students, speakers, and guests.