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Hot Springs musicians earn all-star honors


October 31, 2019

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HOT SPRINGS STUDENTS Cameron Stearns (far left) and Laneya Miller will perform at the University of Montana next month.

Each year the University of Montana hosts the All-Star Band and Orchestra Festival. In order to be selected for these groups, students must be nominated by their school director and then selected by the University of Montana. This year, the university received nominations from 65 high schools across five states, as well as Alberta.

Two students from Hot Springs High School have been chosen to participate in this unique experience. Cameron Stearns, a senior, age 17, and Laneya Miller, a junior, age 16, have been selected for the All-Star Band. Stearns plays clarinet, and Miller the flute.

Musicians selected for these performing groups are sent musical pieces to practice on their own, then come together for a weekend of rehearsals, followed by a performance on Sunday. These students will be directed by noted composer and conductor Brian Balmages, and University of Montana Conductor Dr. James Smart. Selection into these groups requires students to spend their own time practicing their music in preparation for large group rehearsals.

Stearns has been playing the clarinet since he was in the fifth grade. As a senior, Stearns has developed into a skilled musician over the years, and therefore has the abilities required to perform this challenging music. This will be his second year attending the All-Star Band and Orchestra Festival. His favorite part of the festival is having the opportunity to perform with guest conductors, as well as other skilled musicians in a large band setting. After graduation, he plans to become a pilot.

Miller began playing the flute in eighth grade. She currently performs in the 7-12th grade band at Hot Springs High School. Her favorite thing about performing is creating beautiful music, and the happiness it brings her. Miller is also in the Hot Springs High School Choir class and is working on creating her own Christmas CD. She is a talented musician, who is always working towards growth, and expressing her individual style.

The All-Star Band and Orchestra Festival at the University of Montana will conclude with a performance on Sunday, November 10, at noon in the Dennison Theatre. There is no charge for admittance. The community is invited to attend and show their support for these wonderful students, and others who may have been chosen from our county.


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