MSBOA District 7 Middle School Honors Orchestra

Saturday April 18, 2015,  Michigan State Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District 7 held the Middle School Honors  Band and Orchestra.  Sixteen students, seven 7th graders and nine 8th graders participated in the day long event which culminated in a concert directed by Dr. John Blakemore and Mr. Brian Balmages.  The MSBOA Honors Orchestra performed the world premiere of Mr. Balmages’  “Forever Joyful”, a work that was commissioned by MSBOA District 7 specifically for this event.  Congratulations to our student performers: Ava Carr, Ava Crago, Katelyn Knowlson, Dakota Steinhauer, Joclyn Muchna, Kaylee Holman, Victoria Everet, Christy Shovan-Lee, Alexis Gerstenfeld, Patricia Lozen, Jason Fitzpatrick, Madison Cree, Jaiden Cuningham, Tommy Newman, Noah Kinnucan, and Eleanor Hopper

Italy Sign-Up Update

Image courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at
Image courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at

Ciao Italy Travelers!

I ‘m so glad to have each of you as a member of our tour group. We currently have 26 travelers signed up, 14 student performers, 6 adults, 2 directors, and 4 children (2 little De Roses and 2 little Mosleys). We do have more room for additional students, so please spread the word that it is not too late to sign up.

Over the next few months I will be in touch with you regarding specific details of our trip. The best way for me to do that is through email. Please reply to this message with the best email address to reach each of you.

I would like to get some serious fundraising going. It will be especially nice to use the summer months to help our group raise some money. Please send along your suggestions and hopefully we can coordinate some revenue generating events.

It’s not too soon to start thinking about having a valid passport. I must have a photo copy of your passport by the time I submit our rooming list in December. For passport information, visit the US Department of State Web Page.

Once again, please reply to this email verifying this is the best method of contact for you.


Kelly De Rose
Mona Shores High School
Orchestra Director

Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association


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