By Clay Coleman
VANDALIA—For the first time in Van-Far’s history, one of its own was selected for first chair in the Missouri All-State Band, which will be performing at Tan-Tar-A in the Lake of the Ozarks, on Jan. 21. 2019.
Trevor Winders, a junior at Van-Far, competed against 11 other districts in the state for baritone saxophone, earning top honors at the All-Districts competition held last Saturday at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo.
Each of the 11 regions in Missouri has district band auditions. If a student makes their respective district band, they can audition for the All-State Band.
“Out of 100 students who made the All-State Band from the entire state, Trevor was the only one out of 10 from our district to make the cut,” wrote Zach Keller, director of music at Van-Far High School.
During his sophomore year, Winders placed sixth overall at the All-State auditions, earning an honorable mention.
The last student who qualified for districts and selected for the All-State Band was Sara Beth Shaw back in 1989 and 1990, where she placed 21st chair and third chair in the clarinet, respectively.
“None before Shaw had ever made it in the All-State Band from Van-Far,” said Keller.
Asked how he felt about Winder’s performance, Keller replied, “It’s an unreachable, unattainable honor, and through dedication and hard work, Trevor reached it,” he wrote.
Next for Winders will be rehearsals with the All-State Band Jan. 22 – 24., at Tan-Tar-A Lodge, in Osage Beach. Band members will rehearse together 6 hours each day, split up in 2-hour sessions, with the performance by all 100 band members on Jan. 25, led by Michigan State University Director Kevin Sedatole.