Edmond North orchestra has good year

Edmond North students won several music awards, and their director was named teacher of the year.
BY LAURIE WANTLAND Modified: April 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm •  Published: April 13, 2013
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— The Edmond North High School orchestra members have had a banner year with many accomplishments.

Record numbers of students were selected for the North Central Honor Orchestra in November and for all-state in December.

All three orchestras at the school scored superior ratings in the state contest in the fall, with nine superiors total.

For the 10th straight year, the orchestra was awarded the sweepstakes award for consecutive superior ratings.

The students were invited to play at the governor's tree lighting in December at the state Capitol.

They traveled to Chicago in December for a performance at the Midwest Clinic, described as the most prestigious award a high school orchestra can achieve.

Orchestra director Peter Markes was named campus teacher of the year and also teacher of the year for Edmond Public Schools.

The students gave up a Saturday in December to collect for the Salvation Army at a local Walmart.

They played holiday music and opened their instrument cases for donations. It was a successful campaign with many compliments from shoppers and the community.

Laurie Wantland is a member of the publicity committee for the Edmond North Orchestra Boosters.