Published On: Thu, Jul 20th, 2017

Kumm chosen for national honor band

OSMOND — Osmond High School student Aleia Kumm has been selected as a member of the 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles Concert Band, Euphonium 2. Band instructor Christalin Ginn recently received notification of the selection, with the following message:
“This selection is a reflection of your teaching excellence and your student’s hard work and dedication.” The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States.
“Wow! I cannot believe that our small town gets such an honor,” commented Mrs. Ginn. “Aleia truly deserves this. She puts in so much hard work and is constantly practicing to improve on her instrument. I cannot take credit for her talent. It is all because of her dedication and the wonderful mentors she has had along the way. I am just proud that I get the honor to call her my student. We should all be grateful for her commitment to uphold the tradition of excellent music and musicians to come from our small but mighty community.”
Mrs. Ginn explained that Aleia had to prepare an excerpt which Mrs. Ginn videotaped and submitted it. This was done in May, before school got out. No other student was eligible to audition as one of the requirements is to make it into the Nebraska All-State Ensemble of 2016. Aleia attended that event last fall.
The 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles program will take place at the Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, Nov. 26-29, 2017. Students will arrive Sunday, Nov. 26, and will have a mandatory rehearsal from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The jazz band and choir concerts will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28.  The concert band and symphony orchestra concerts are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
The conductor of the concert band will be Dr. T. André Feagin, director of bands and assistant professor of music at Coastal Carolina University.
The concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Aleia, the daughter of Greg and Amanda Kumm, will be a senior at OHS this fall.