10th annual Himie Voxman Honor Band sees 13 districts attend

Photo by Krystal Fowler/Daily IowegianDavid Law conducts the sixth-grade honor band during the Himie Voxman Elementary Honor Band event Saturday at Simon Estes Auditorium.

The Centerville School District hosted the 10th annual Himie Voxman Elementary Honor Band event on Saturday, April 21.

The event was first held in 2009 and is named in honor of Himie Voxman, the Centerville native musician and music educator who died in 2011 at age 99. Voxman was a professor who directed the University of Iowa School of Music from 1954 to 1980. Voxman was a clarinet player and was known as a wind instrument expert.

Centerville’s honor band brings fifth and sixth-grade band students to Centerville to practice and perform in a concert in the afternoon at Simon Estes Auditorium.

Both the fifth grade and sixth-grade honor bands performed five selections. The fifth-grade band was led by guest conductor Bernie Allgood while the sixth-grade band was led by guest conductor David Law.

Allgood grew up around Albia, graduating from Albia High School before attending Northeast Missouri State University. He taught elementary, junior high and high school instrumental music in the Albia School District for 34 years before retiring in 2008.

Law is the retired seventh and eighth-grade band director at Vernon Middle School in Marion. He is also the founder and conductor of the Marion Community Bands and is the current president of the Marion Independent School Board.

This year's honor bands featured students from Albia, Centerville, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Melcher-Dallas, Mormon Trail, Seymour, Winterset, Ankeny Christian Academy, Central Decatur, Knoxville, Moravia, Moulton-Udell and Wayne Community.

Krystal Fowler can be reached at kfowler@dailyiowegian.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow her on Twitter @KFowler_Daily.

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