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Highlands Band Students Selected to A-K & PMEA Honors, District Bands


A number of Highlands High School and Middle School musicians were recently selected to represent Highlands in the 2019-20 Alle-Kiski Honors Band, and the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 1 Honors Band, Jazz Band, Honors Choir, Senior High Band and Junior High Band. The students are under the leadership of Highlands High School Band Director Mr. Matthew Beresik and Middle School Band Director Mr. Lee Lynn.




PMEA District I Honors Band

Joshua Beck (11), Abi Welling (12) and Evan Misjeka (11) auditioned and were selected to represent Highlands at the District 1 Honors Band Festival on November 22-23, 2019.


PMEA District I Honors Choir

Joshua Beck (11) was selected as the accompanist for the PMEA District I Honors Choral Festival that will be held January 15-17, 2020 at South Fayette High School.


PMEA District I Honors Jazz

Andrew Valasek (12) and Joshua Beck (11) were selected for the District I Honors Jazz Festival to be held at Pine Richland on February 7-8, 2020. Andrew was chosen for second band on trombone and Joshua was selected for first band on piano.


PMEA District I East Senior High Band

The following were selected to represent Highlands at the PMEA District 1 East Senior High Band Festival this year:

Joshua Beck (11) - Alto Saxophone

Andrew Valasek (12) - Trombone

Austin Langer (11) - French Horn

They will perform at Deer Lakes in February.  We wish them luck as they compete for advancement into Regionals at Bethel Park later this spring!


PMEA Junior High District Band

Luke Vunora (9) - Flute, Ella Rittman (8) – Clarinet I, and Elliot Vunora (7) – Tuba, were selected to represent Highlands in the PMEA Jr. High District Band (Grades 7-9). They will perform in the PMEA Jr. High District Band Festival on April 16-17, 2020 at Belle Vernon Area High School.


Alle-Kiski Honors Band

The following HHS band students earned positions in this year's Alle-Kiski Valley Honors Band:

Savannah McIntyre (11) - Bassoon

Laina Reid (10) - Contra Bass Clarinet

Austin Langer (11), Bradan O'Neill (11) & Thomas Spinks (12) - French Horn

Evan Misejka (11) & Adrianna Vergerio (11) - Trumpet

Andrew Valasek (12) - Trombone

Logan Kaminski (11) - Tuba

They competed against students from nine other districts in the area and will be performing in January at the festival hosted by Freeport this year.