DeForest Band Student selected for 2014 High School State Honors Music Project

Rosie Hess, a 10th grade student at DeForest Area High School who plays the Clarinet, has been selected to perform in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) 2014 High School State Honors Band this year. This group assembles Wisconsin’s finest young musicians and in June they meet up for what could be the most rewarding musical experience of their lifetime.

photo of Rosie Hess
Photo by Sarah Szepieniec

The High School State Honors Music Project is designed to provide musically talented students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation’s finest conductors in a professional and highly disciplined setting. Students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the rehearsal period, which culminates with an inspired performance, celebrating the reach of music education statewide.

“This is more than a summer camp or an opportunity to perform. It is the opportunity for highly talented students to come together and be challenged in a way that is only possible in this intensive program. While there is no doubt they will grow as musicians, it is truly exciting to see them grow as people while they stretch to a higher level of achievement,” said Brandon Bautz, DeForest Area High School Director of Bands.

Auditions were held in seven sites across the state this past February. Of the more than 1,500 auditions, 428 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 were invited to be part of the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles.

Students selected to participate in the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project will meet for the first time at an intensive four-day summer camp at UW-Green Bay. The WSMA High School Honors Summer Camp is a unique and essential component to the High School Honors Project experience as it is the first opportunity the selected students have to see their music, meet the conductor, and rehearse as a newly formed ensemble. Camp dates are as follows: June 14-17, Band and Mixed Choir; June 18-21, Orchestra, Treble Choir and Jazz Ensemble. All Honors students reconvene in Madison in late October to perform at the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference. The Honors concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians and are open to the public.

There are high costs involved to participate in this group. If you would like to make a financial contribution to help talented musicians at DAHS participate in this incredible honor, contact Mr. Bautz at 842-6822 or

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