Twelve Carthage Junior High School students made the Honor Band this year.

On Friday, Jan. 4, 20 students from the Carthage Junior High School tried out for the seventh and eighth grade Honor Bands at Webb City High School.

At least 300 students from a radius of 50 miles performed blind auditions, and 12 students from Carthage made it. Matt Bennett, instructor for CJHS band, said this was the most students he has sent in his five years at the school and that he was proud of this group’s motivation.

The Honor Bands will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Webb City High School auditorium.The event, including performances from the two Honor Bands and WCHS Jazz Band, is free and open to the public.

Pictured in the back row, compiled of CJHS eighth graders: Jonathan Kaup, Joseph Mitchell, Jessica Kaup, Katrina Buelow and Roberto Morales.

Front row, compiled of CJHS seventh graders: Bailey Johnson, Delayna Gardner, Kimberly Sager, Madison Lethridge and Alex Rusk.

(Not pictured: Ariana Rivera, eighth grader; and Phillip Taylor, seventh grader.)

What they said:

“Very exciting! It just is! Band means everything to me.”
Bailey Johnson, seventh grade woodwind player

“Awesome! You get to go to Webb City to perform – It’s fun to know you’re one of the best players in southwest Missouri.”
Alex rush, seventh grade tuba player

“It’s really exciting – being the only saxophone player from Carthage makes it better.”
Madison Lethridge, seventh grade saxophone player

“It means a lot to me because I tried out last year and didn’t make it. This year I tried really hard – and I did it.”
Jonathan Kaup, eighth grade trombone player