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Student selected to play with national honor band

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College student has been selected to perform with a national collegiate honor band.

Abigail Phillips, Maple Hill, will be a member of the French horn section for the 2017 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Small-College Intercollegiate Band, which performs during the CBDNA annual conference in Kansas City next spring.

Phillips was one of 104 students chosen from across the country to participate in the ensemble, which will be conducted by University of Miami Director of Bands Emeritus Gary Green.

“By participating in the ensemble, Abby is going to have the opportunity to perform in one of the best concert halls in the world, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts,” said Adam Fontana, Bethel director of instrumental music, “and she will be playing a world premiere of a new piece by Donald Grantham. This is a huge honor for Abby.”

“I’m really excited about this opportunity, because I will be able to represent myself and Bethel College in a really positive way,” Phillips said. “On a national level, people will know Bethel College and that’s just so cool to me.”

The band will rehearse during the week of the CBDNA conference, March 13-17, and perform March 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the Kauffman Center in downtown Kansas City.

Phillips, a senior majoring in social work, also participates in music at Bethel in a number of ways: playing French horn in the Bethel College Wind Ensemble, trumpet in Bethel College Jazz Ensemble II and trash can in Threshold, the Bethel pep band. She is a 2013 graduate of Marais de Cygnes Valley High School in Melvern.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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