Connor McGarry, a St. Mary’s 7th grader, was nominated by his Gross Junior Band teacher to attend and perform in the Iowa Western Community College Honor Band January 31st. One hundred and one members were chosen from 14 participating schools. They spent the day working with Jony Garmoe, the band director at Clive Learning Academy and Westridge Elementary School in the West Des Moines School District. They rehearsed and prepared five pieces of music for the evening concert in three rehearsals throughout the day. St. Mary’s School partners with Gross High School to offer band to our 5-8th grade students. Students receive a lesson at school once a week, then participate in a group lesson at the high school.