On November 2 and 3 John Willingham and Steven Butz participated in the GISA All-Select Honor Band at Woodward Academy.
John Willingham was first introduced to the trumpet in the sixth grade and has been first chair every year since. Some of John’s accomplishments include being selected and performing three times in the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Honor Band playing as 16th chair the first year progressing to second chair in year three. In the spring of 2012, John was nominated to audition for UGA’s Middle School Band of the Southeast, where he not only made the highest UGA Honor Band, he accomplished a third chair out of nearly 300 trumpeters.
Steven Butz has been playing French Horn since his 5th grade year. His love of this instrument began because John Grove let him switch from trumpet to French Horn in the middle of the school year. He has been playing it for MVPS band since, and has participated in the District Band competition and performances. Steven even represented MVPS at the All State Middle School Band Concert in Savannah last year.