By Hannah Myers, photo editor
Senior Francis Jageacks represented Saegertown at the PMEA Region Band festival at West Shamokin High School on Feb. 22-24. “It was an incredible experience,” Jageacks said. “The band was huge.”
Jageacks and music teacher Mrs. Susan James traveled two hours to get to West Shamokin. Auditions began as soon as she arrived. “It was rough. There were people coming out of the audition room crying, but I just kept my cool and played though the section of music they asked for,” Jageacks said. After auditions, they were seated based on how the audition went. For example, first place would be first chair. “I was very pleased to be able to keep my fifth place title I receive from district band,” Jageacks said. Following the seating, musicians played through all of their songs with guest conductor Dr. Jason Worzbyt from IUP.
The next day, the musicians woke up at 6 a.m. to prepare for their day. After breakfast the headed to the school to practice their music all day. The concert was at noon the following day. “Playing with such a large ensemble was such a incredible sound,” Jageacks said. “I enjoyed meeting other people and even got a few new snapchat friends.”
Mrs. James said, “I am so proud of [Francis]. She is such a hard worker, and this experience was wonderful for her.”