31 SM East students tapped for All-State Music Groups, highest honor for high school musicians

SM East’s Abby Cramer was one of two students selected for the All-State choir group.

You can consider the release of this year’s Kansas Music Educators Association All State Music Groups a validation of the high regard northeast Johnson Countians have for SM East’s music programs.

A total 31 students were named to the groups this year, with Lancers selected to represent their school in four categories: choir, jazz band, band and orchestra. Last year, SM East sent 26 students to the all-state groups. SM East’s music teachers are Kim Harrison (Band), Jon Lane (Orchestra) and Ken Foley (Choir).

Selection to the All State Music Groups is the highest honor high school musicians in Kansas can receive. The invited students will perform with their talented peers from across the state at the State Convention Mar. 1.

SM East’s All State musicians are listed below:

All State Choir

  • Abby Cramer, Choir
  • Elana Wickstrom, Choir

All State Jazz Band

  • Eric Kim, Alto Saxophone
  • Matt Bari Lindboe, Saxophone
  • Phil Olson, Trumpet

All State Band

  • Michael Dannov, B Flat Clarinet
  • Noah Eidemiller Bassoon
  • Xinyi He, Flute
  • Rachel Kim, Flute
  • Chandler Kline, B Flat Clarinet
  • Frazier Krohn, Snare Drum
  • Michelle Lu, Flute
  • Sam Slater, B Flat Clarinet – Alt

All State Orchestra

  • Bryan Bailey, Bass
  • Jasmine Deng, Violin I
  • Alex Fontg, Cello
  • Molly Gasperi, Viola
  • Nathan Gendel, Violin II
  • Mary Grekstas, Piccolo
  • Joe Levin, Cello
  • Meghan Mohn, Violin II
  • Caroline Olson, Viola
  • Abby Scott, Timpani
  • Rob Simpson, Cello
  • Murphy Smith, Bass
  • Bethany Snyder, Viola
  • Jake Wheeler, Bass
  • Jackson Wright, Violin I
  • Lily Violin I
  • Kevin Xu Cello

Congrats to all these talented musicians. To celebrate, let’s have a listen to the Blue Knights performing at Baker University this past fall. It’s toe-tappin’!