Band News

Mr. Pederson, Mr. Semansky, Mrs. Dunbar

PHMS Band Updates - April 2021

April Band Newsletter 2021


Middle School All-State Band

Congratulations to the 22 Patrick Henry Band students (most of any school in the state!) who auditioned and have been selected to the SD Middle School All-State Band, and congratulations to all who auditioned. Here is a list of this year's All State Band students:


Braylie Rogers - Flute 8th Grade

Annabelle Johnson - Flute 8th Grade

Isabella Krunitsky - Flute 8th Grade

Aleksandros Ramirez - Bassoon 8th Grade

Charley Larsen - Clarinet 8th Grade

Rebecca Derenge - Clarinet 8th Grade

Elijah Hofer - Clarinet 7th Grade

Angela Ge - Clarinet 7th Grade

Henry Oppenheimer - Alto Sax 7th Grade

Isaac Johnson - Alto Sax 8th Grade

Olive Murawski - Baritone Sax 8th Grade

Joseph Levesque - Trumpet 8th Grade

Tyler Brost - Trumpet 8th Grade

Jonah Broberg - Trumpet 8th Grade

Brooke Jackson - Horn 7th Grade

James McCormack - Trombone 7th Grade

Alexis Lawrence - Trombone 8th Grade

Addison Wessels - Trombone 8th Grade

Austin Lawrence - Tuba 7th Grade

Olivia Schaefer - Percussion 8th Grade

Will Raether - Percussion 7th Grade

Josh Raether - Percussion 7th Grade


  • MS All State Band and Jazz Band Students & Parents - Please email a band director if you have questions about our April 9th performance.


Middle School All State Jazz Band

Also, congratulations to the seven Patrick Henry jazz band students who auditioned and were selected to the SD Middle School All State Jazz Band. They are:


Henry Oppenheimer - Alto Sax 7th Grade

Joseph Levesque - Trumpet 8th Grade

Tyler Brost - Trumpet 8th Grade

Jonah Broberg - Trumpet 8th Grade

Alexis Lawrence - Trombone 8th Grade

Austin Lawrence - Trombone 7th Grade

Jamie McCormack - Trombone 7th Grade


  • MS All State Band and Jazz Band Students & Parents - Please email a band director if you have questions about our April 9th performance.


High School Band

All 8th Graders should be signed up for high school band. High school band is quite different from middle school band and we hope that all will try it. If you are not signed up yet, please call the counseling office. It is not too late!


Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band Concert

This concert is scheduled for Monday, April 12 at 7:00 pm. Students should arrive by 6:40pm and wear their blue band shirts and blue jeans.


PHMS Spring Band Concert

Our Spring Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4 in the LHS Auditorium. A google form to requests tickets will be emailed to all band parents in early April. Due to COVID precautions, each parent will receive 3 tickets per band student. If you require additional tickets, please reach out and we will do our best to accommodate. These tickets will be distributed the week before the concert.


6th Graders - 6:00pm (students should arrive by 5:40pm)

7th Graders - 7:00pm (students should arrive by 7:10)


8th Graders- 8:00pm (students should arrive by 8:10)


*Students are expected to wear dressy black and white clothes and a mask.




Thank you!


Gary Pederson, gary.pederson@k12.sd.us

Lon Semansky, lon.semansky@k12.sd.us

Ali Dunbar, ali.dunbar@k12.sd.us