Six Wayland Pioneer Bandsmen Earn Top National Honors

Band honorees

PLAINVIEW -- Six members of the Wayland Baptist University Band earned positions with the 2013 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Small College Intercollegiate Band (SCIB).  The students who were honored are: Kaylie Young, clarinet; Lyndsay Dean, bass clarinet; Vincent Limon, alto saxophone; Kenneth Walker, tenor saxophone; Stephen Holcomb, trumpet; and David Rogers, tuba.

 “Quite simply, this is the musician’s equivalent of earning a position on the NCAA/NAIA All-American College Football team,” said Tim Kelley, director of bands at Wayland.
The WBU students will meet with the other honorees at the CBDNA National Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina, on March 20 – 23, 2013. The band members will work under the direction of world renowned conductor, Craig Kirchhoff, from the University of Minnesota, and perform at the convention on March 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Students from community colleges, four-year schools with fewer than 5,000 students and any historically black college or university are eligible for this honor. This group represents more than 70% of all post-secondary programs in the United States. In addition, directors from four-year institutions that exceed 5,000 students are invited to nominate students if they believe their home school program currently reflects the qualities of a program as noted in the mission statement.

The general spirit and mission of the SCIB is to provide students the opportunity to perform high quality literature under a renowned conductor. The SCIB makes it possible for talented students from institutions lacking instrumentation, student resources, and/or financial resources, to achieve an unforgettable musical experience commensurate with what students from groups selected to perform at CBDNA National and Division Conferences may achieve.

The six members from Wayland, represents the largest contingent in the nation.  The only other Texas schools with selections are Tarleton State University, with three, and Texas A&M, Kingsville and Abilene Christian University with one participant each.  Eastern New Mexico University and Oklahoma Christian University also had one student each selected to the national band.

“We are extremely excited for the students who earned this top honor, and are quite pleased to have this recognition on a national level.  It is quite rare for this large a group of participants to come from one school, but we aren’t complaining,” Kelley said. “We know it takes a community to raise a child… I strongly believe it takes a community of consummate professionals to train our students and bring them to this level and I salute every one of these individuals.”