FHSD Band Students Selected for Metro 8 Honor Bands

Posted on 11/08/2017
FHSD Band Students Selected for Metro 8 Honor Bands

The Missouri Music Educators Association wants us all to help trumpet the importance of music education in our schools. One of the ways it does so is by honoring the best musicians in each area of the state. Several FHSD students have earned coveted spots on the Metro 8 Honor Band and Metro 8 Honor Jazz Band, proving that FHSD bands are among the best in the state.

It takes a lot of talent to participate in band, but it also takes great courage to endure a blind audition in competition with the best in the Metro 8. From Francis Howell High School, only ten students auditioned, but Clare Raftery made the Metro 8 Honor Band with her outstanding musical skills. FHHS Band Director Chris Miller said, “Clare is a sophomore clarinet student that has made the St. Louis Metro 8 Honor Band two years in a row. She is a talented student who loves music and loves to compete.”

Francis Howell Central’s Band Director Nathan Griffin explained the dedication it takes, “These students took on quite a challenge outside of the classroom, individually working up several pieces of music. All the students who auditioned should be congratulated on tackling such an enormous task.” FHC had some of the program’s best results ever, with 17 Spartans making the Metro 8 lists (or alternate positions).

Francis Howell North students also had great success at the audition. Eleven FHN students made the Metro 8 Concert Band, along with two alternates, and two others earned alternate status with the Jazz Band (15 total). New Band Director Rob Stegeman gushed with pride. “The band students at North are some of the most focused and determined I have ever seen,” he said. “Their successes through marching band and with our other activities come from their ability to accept change and work with their whole hearts.”

The love of music can bring us together like little else, and thanks to these students, the soundtrack to life in FHSD is that much better. The students below will have the prestigious honor of auditioning for the All-State Honor Band, one of the highest honors a band student can earn. The Honor Band will have the privilege of performing the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Please join FHSD in congratulating these students on their success!

Francis Howell High School:

Clare Raftery


Francis Howell Central:

Aleuria Alderson

Percussion: Timpani

Laurel Ammond

Horn in F

Joey Black

Jazz Alto Sax

Sam Eckhoff

Jazz Bass

Sam Ellison

Jazz Trumpet

Abimael Herrera

Trumpet/Cornet (alternate)

Andrew Houmes

Horn in F (alternate)

Tucker Jones


Alex LaBanca

Percussion: Mallets

Vanessa Luan


Stephanie Monson


Nicolas Moore

Percussion: Snare and Mallets

Matt Mossinghoff


Sam Reed-Bippen

Jazz Percussion: Drums

Christa Rolsing

Horn in F

Elizabeth Skelly

Horn in F

Ethan Stepanek

Jazz Trumpet (alternate)

Francis Howell North:

Grant Argent

Jazz Guitar (alternate)

Kiley Beiner

Bb Soprano Clarinet (alternate)

Arianna Chaves

Bb Soprano Clarinet

Abigail Chruma

Alto Saxophone

Sam Dwyer

Jazz Trumpet (alternate)

James Fairless


Ben Mossinghoff


Michael Murphy, Jr.

Percussion: Snare

Ian Perry


Ashley Raster

Bb Soprano Clarinet

Dominic Schneider


Avery Ward


Sam Weaver

Alto Saxophone (alternate)

Tyler Windsor

Bb Soprano Clarinet

Christian Witte

Baritone BC

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