Three DASD students selected to State Honors Band

L ro R: Sarah Stouffer-Lerch, Jacob Chambers, Rosie Hess
L ro R: Sarah Stouffer-Lerch, Jacob Chambers, Rosie Hess

Three DeForest Area School District students have been selected to perform in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) 2015 State Honors Band this year.  Selected to the Middle School Honors Band was Sarah Stouffer-Lerch, an 8th grade trumpet student, and Jacob Chambers, an 8th grade percussion student.

Rosie Hess, an 11th grade student at DeForest Area High School, who plays the Clarinet, was selected to perform in the High School Honors Band. This will be Rosie’s second year performing with the group.

The Middle & 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. The high school students participate in a camp in June, which is one of the most rewarding musical experiences of their lifetime.  Middle school students get music in advance to practice.  Both groups perform for the WMEA State Music Educators Convention in October right here in Madison,” said Brandon Bautz, DeForest Area High School Director of Bands.

Auditions were held in seven sites across the state this past February & March with more than 1,500 students auditioning.

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 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. All Honors students reconvene in Madison in late October to perform at the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference.

The WSMA Middle School State Honors participants meet for the first time in October with a rehearsal and performance. The Honors concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians and are open to the public.

According to Bautz, students and their families pay to participate in the high school camp. Those interested in making a financial contribution to help these talented musicians at DeForest participate in this honor, contact Mr. Bautz at 842-6822 or

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