Ridgefield High School Students Selected for Local, State Band Honors
Carolyn Enos
Friday, January 26, 2018

Nine students from Ridgefield High School were recently honored for their accomplishments in music.

Congratulations to freshmen Alina Fabyanchuk and Eireann Van Natta; sophomores, Samantha Fenton, Emma Thulin, Spencer Hess and Emma Schmidt;  juniors, Ellie McCann and Anthony Paepcke; and senior, Hannah Farley.  All were selected for the 2018 North County Honor Band.

On Saturday, January 20th, the students performed in the group’s annual concert at Hockinson High School.  The free annual concert was open to the public.

The North County Honor Band is made up of middle school and high school students from Hockinson, Prairie, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, La Center, Woodland, Camas and Washougal high schools.  Applicants are chosen based on their musical accomplishments and band director’s recommendation. 

Students selected for the opportunity receive a quality band experience that challenges them as musicians of a high-level honor group, performing with their peers from other school districts and working with esteemed guest conductors—this year, Dr. Rob Davis, director of bands at Lower Columbia College, and Dr. Rodney Dorsey, director of bands at the University of Oregon.

Two of the RHS students were also selected for the Washington All-State Small Schools Wind Symphony.  Samantha Fenton (flutist) and Emma Schmidt (clarinetist) will perform with the ensemble at the 2018 Washington Music Educators Association Conference in Yakima, Washington during Presidents’ Day weekend.