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Iowa Lakes student earns national honor band spot

April 1, 2017

Iowa Lakes Community College student Lincoln Larsen performed recently as part of a prestigious intercollegiate honor band in Kansas City.

Larsen, a freshman trumpet music major at Iowa Lakes, played with the National Intercollegiate Honor Band from March 14 to 18 in Kansas City as part of the College Band Directors National Association National Conference.

Colleges from across the United States and Canada nominated students to participate in the event, and more than 100 musicians ranging from freshmen to graduate students were chosen.

“Playing in (the concert hall in the Kauffman Center) was a huge honor and an experience I will never forget. After the final note, with over five minutes of applause, we musicians smiled with satisfaction knowing that the concert went perfectly,” Larsen said.

Lincoln Larsen, third from the left, in the back seated row, plays the trumpet as part of the National Intercollegiate Honor Band in Kansas City.Lincoln Larsen, third from the left, in the back seated row, plays the trumpet as part of the National Intercollegiate Honor Band in Kansas City.

The guest conductor of this honor band, Gary Green, is emeritus professor of music and director of bands at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. With many long hours rehearsing and preparing, Green turned the group of musicians into a true honor band. 

“Mr. Green is one of the most inspiring people you could ask to lead a band. With many anecdotes from his personal life, he could tie music to each student and give them wisdom that they all will take with them throughout their lives,” Larsen said.

Larsen, the son of Erik and Linda Larsen, is from Sioux City, and graduated from Hinton High School. His band director is Carol Ayres and his trumpet teacher is Rod Shedenhelm.

“Walking into the concert hall, located in the Kauffman Center in downtown Kansas City, you have the feeling that every word you say can be heard. That’s because every word you say is heard! In this hall every little sound, tap, or even a page turn is heard,” Larsen recalled. “During the final rehearsal before the concert one of the attendants in the top balcony came down and told the students to turn the pages quieter because she could hear it.”

Lincoln Larsen is a freshman trumpet music major at Iowa Lakes.Lincoln Larsen is a freshman trumpet music major at Iowa Lakes.

For More Information:

Carol Ayres, professor of instrumental music, at 712-330-3647 (cell) or cayres@iowalakes.edu

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