NIAGRA, Wisc. (WJMN) — Some of the best of the best high school musicians from the Upper Peninsula and parts of Wisconsin gathered Friday for the 17th annual Menominee River Conference Honors Band weekend.
“So we have students from 11 different schools in UP and Wisconsin coming together today,” said Craig Recla, group director of Iron Mountain Public Schools. “It’s kind of an all-star group, a select group of the best from each school who get together to rehearse music and put on a gig and then play it. They also have Michael Sweeney who is a household name in the band industry as one of today’s top songwriters and clinicians and producers, so we’re really happy to have him here to work with these kids.
Students practice for around four hours on Friday, followed by eight hours on Saturday and finishing with a concert later on Saturday.
“Yeah, I think it’s really good for them to be able to come together and work with all the different kids from different schools,” Recla said. “A lot of them have never met before. I think in a lot of high schools there’s a lot of rivalry, friendly competition, but it’s good that they can get together and meet and work in a short time. of time, organize a concert and have a very good sound with the children that maybe they did not even know it yesterday.
“Hearing the music come together, even though we’ve only been working on it for about three hours now, it’s surreal,” said Myles Mundy, a harmony student at Iron Mountain Public Schools.
The concert will take place at 4:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, January 15 in the Niagara High School auditorium.
“It’s open to the public and we encourage everyone to come out,” Recla said. “I tell you, this is a high profile event that you don’t see every day in our area and I guarantee you will really enjoy this concert, so come and support these hard working kids who also have an after really pleasant afternoon.