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Record number of Chinle students make honor band

Record number of Chinle students make honor band

A record 12 students from Chinle High School made Arizona Northeastern Regional Honor Band this year, with two more named as alternates. Front row, left to right: Deandra Bahe, Cailynn Benally, Shosheena Chee, Hannah Begay, Frances Talashoma. Back row, left to right: Tasheana Tom, Colin Claw, Myles Perry, Brenton Nez, Jonathon Brown, Bryson Kayonnie. Not pictured: Lindsey Dineyazhe, Tyché Lee, Tennyson Begay.


A record of 12 music students from Chinle High School passed the auditions for Arizona Northeast Regional Honor Band last weekend, making them eligible to train with the region’s best young musicians for a concert in Snowflake, on Feb. 18.

The students will also be eligible to audition for the Arizona State Honor Band.

Deandra Bahe, Cailynn Benally, Hannah Begay, Frances Talashoma, Tasheana Tom, Colin Claw, Brenton Nez, Jonathon Brown, Bryson Kayonnie, Lindsey Dineyazhe, Tyché Lee, and Tennyson Begay all qualified for the band.

Two other Chinle High students, Myles Perry and Shosheena Chee, are alternates, meaning they will fill in if another student in their respective sections can’t make it to the concert.

Chinle High School music teacher Eric Swanson said he knew he would get some kids into honor band this year, but he was surprised how many made it – the majority of the 19 who auditioned.

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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth was the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation, until her retirement on May 31, 2021. Her other beats included agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.”


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