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FOREST CITY — Five students from the Forest City Community High School Music Department were selected to participate in the 2017 Iowa All-State Music Festival.

This is the highest individual honor attainable for Iowa high school musicians.

The 71st annual Iowa All-State Festival Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State University, in Ames.

High school band students Jasmine Sanasinh, Trey Blaser and Shaden Tweeten were selected to perform in the festival. Sanasinh, a 10th grade clarinetist, and Blaser, an 11th grade trumpet player, will play with the All-State Band, and Tweeten, a senior percussionist, will play in the All-State Orchestra.

The three students were among seven who auditioned and four called back. They play under the direction of Cory Schmitt, the Forest City Schools band director.

High School vocalists Anna Weaver and Sarah Hovinga were selected to perform in the All-State Chorus.

District auditions for the 281-piece band, 201-piece orchestra and 601-member chorus were held Oct. 21 in Storm Lake, Hampton, Independence, Atlantic, Indianola and Washington. About 17 percent of the students who auditioned for the festival were selected for one of the ensembles.

Participants will audition for chair placement on Thursday, Nov. 16, in Ames. The ensembles will rehearse Nov. 17 and 18 ahead of their public performance.

Concert tickets are $22, plus fees, and are available through Ticketmaster.

Iowa Public Television will record the concert for re-broadcast. Check the for dates and times.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.



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