Renae Beasley, a junior at Timberland High School, has been selected as second in the state on baritone in the Missouri All-State Band.
In December, over 1,200 students from across Missouri met at Hickman High School in Columbia to audition for the honor of participating in the top honor band in the state. Only 110 students are accepted into this elite ensemble.
Renae is the first student in Timberland history to be selected to the Missouri All-State Band. “Being in the All-State Band is a huge honor,” said Beasley. “I wasn’t expecting to be selected since I didn’t make the All-District Honor Band, but it feels good to know that all the practicing has paid off.”
Five additional musicians from the district were named as first alternates or received honorable mentions at the state level. Timberland senior Josh Mathews is first alternate on clarinet, and junior J.D. Estlund is first alternate on bass clarinet in the All-State Band. From Liberty High School, junior Connor Low was named first alternate on guitar in the All-State Jazz Band. Holt senior Geoffrey Fegan is first alternate on tenor saxophone in the All-State Jazz Band and is first chair honorable mention on bass clarinet in the All-State Band. Holt junior Emma Rose is first chair honorable mention on oboe in the All-State Band.
The band will meet, rehearse, and perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference held January 25 through January 28, 2017 at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach. The conductor and clinician for the 2016-2017 Missouri All-State Band is Carolyn Barber, Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Renae is the daughter of Jeffrey and Carolyn Beasley of Wentzville.