Southeast Polk High School Musicians Earn All-State Band Honors

October 20, 2018, was a great day for the Southeast Polk High School Music Department at the Iowa All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra Auditions held at Indianola High School.

Eight Southeast Polk instrumentalists gained acceptance to the All-State Band or Orchestra. Their performances will fill Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum with music on Saturday, November 17.

Like thousands of other high school musicians across the state, Southeast Polk music students worked very hard for this audition. The All-State audition process is intense, and just to audition takes months of dedicated effort. The resulting musical growth young Iowa musicians undergo is enormous.

The following students were accepted to the All-State Band: Samantha Kline, Clarinet, Emily Paul, Flute, Logan TeKolste, Horn, Jaeden Scheller, Bass Clarinet, and Evan Perry, Trombone. Johnson Huynh, Alto Saxophone and Hannah Ortega, Flute were chosen as alternates.

The following students were accepted to the All-State Orchestra: Sophia Patchin, Bassoon, Katy Meunier, Horn, and Ben Hukvari, Clarinet.

District Auditions for the 281-piece All-State Band, 201-piece All-State Orchestra and 601-member All-State Chorus were held at Storm Lake, Hampton, Independence, Atlantic, Indianola and Washington.  Approximately 17% of the students who audition are selected for membership in the All-State ensembles.

The 2018 All-State Music Festival will celebrate the 72nd anniversary of this prestigious event. Participants will rehearse in Ames on Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, and the Festival Concert will be presented to the public at 7:30 P.M. in Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State University, Ames, on Saturday evening, November 17, 2018. Iowa Public Television will record the concert for re-broadcast. Please check the IPTV website ( for the exact dates and times. This program is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association.