Meet The Students

Truman Clarinet Choir (2017-2018)

Tim Clasby is from Jackson, Missouri where he was selected as an alternate for the All-State Band, was named to the All-State Honorable Mention Band, and sang in the All-State Choir. He was also the drum major of his high school marching band and enjoys cooking, listening to music, and awkwardly dancing.  At Truman, he served as section leader of the Statesmen marching band, performed with the Wind Symphony, and co-founded the Truman Woodwind Choir.  He graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Music and is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Conducting degree at Truman.

Brianna Combs is a sophomore clarinet performance major double majoring in psychology from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  She played in the All-State Band for two consecutive years and received superior ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest.  She also served as her high school band’s section leader for three years, played in the All-District Band for four years, and received the Sousa Award.  She enjoys playing golf and the E-flat clarinet.

Katie Davis is a senior business major and music minor from St. Louis, Missouri, where she was seventh chair in the All-State Honorable Mention Band and performed in the All-Suburban Band for three years.  She was also the section leader of the Rockwood Summit High School Band, and she received superior ratings a the State solo/ensemble contest.  She enjoys playing tennis, League of Legends, and reading.

Zoe Frantom is a fourth year health sciences major and music minor from Arlington Heights, Illinois.  She was a three year member of the Illinois All-District Band, a one year member of the Illinois All-District Honor Orchestra, and she received superior honors at the solo/ensemble competition.  When she’s not playing clarinet in the wind symphony or clarinet choir, she enjoys swimming, biking, and reading.

Kayla Gibson is a junior music education major from Columbia, Missouri where she received the John Patterson Award and was selected to participate in the All-District Band.  She also received superior ratings at the state solo/ensemble contest.  Her hobbies include reading, watching anime, and gardening.

Anna Graves comes to us from Ankeny, Iowa, where she was a member of the Iowa All-State Band, and served as section leader and drum major of her high school marching band.  She also received first place on her E-flat and B-flat solos at state contest.  She is currently a junior music performance/music education double major who loves dogs.  During the summer of 2018 she taught clarinet and planted trees in Tanzania with the Clarinets for Conservation through the Daraja Music Initiative.

Kendall Johnson is a third year music education major from Platte County, Missouri.  She was a member of the 2016 Missouri All-State Band and served for three years as section leader of her marching band.  She received superior ratings a state contest for three years and participated in her All-District Honor Band for four years.  Recently she worked as a staff member for the Blue Lake Music Camp in Michigan, and was selected to perform in the Northern Wind Ensemble with Blue Lake International, which provided the opportunity to go on an all-expense paid, three-and-a-half-week tour of three European countries during the summer of 2018: the Netherlands, Germany and France.  She enjoys reading and riding horses.

Jonathon (J.B.) Kroeger is a senior music education major from Kearney, Missouri where he performed in the Kansas City Youth Symphony Orchestra and was twice selected for the All-State Honorable Mention Band.  He performed in the All-District Honor Band all four years of high school and received superior ratings at the state solo/ensemble contest.  His hobbies include running, brewing loose leaf tea and playing video games.

Ashley LeRette comes to us from Bethany, Missouri where she was the first chair All-State contra-alto clarinetist and received the Sousa Award.  She is a sophomore music education major who enjoys playing all low auxiliary clarinets, as well as reading and writing in her free time.  She also plays the xylophone and marimba, and enjoys singing.

Alexander Lynn is a fourth year music education and piano performance double major from Lee’s Summit, MO.  He was a four year member of the All-State band, participated in the NAfME All-National Band his senior year of high school, and was the drum major of his marching band for three years. When not playing clarinet, Alexander enjoys playing piano and reading.

Brianna (Broach) Mann is from Kirksville, Missouri, where she performed in the All-District Band, received superior ratings at state solo/ensemble competitions, and was drum major of her high school band.  She graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in Music and is now pursuing the Master of Arts in Education degree at Truman.

Tarin Millsap comes to us from Kearney, Missouri, where he was a three time member of the Missouri All-State Band on bass clarinet and served as drum major of his high school marching band.  He is currently a junior music education major.  In his free time, he enjoys playing competitive fighting games.

Phoebe Moberg is a second year biology major and music minor from Kearney, Missouri.  She was a member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony, the All-State Band for two years, and participated in the Interlochen Clarinet Institute.  She enjoys running, reading, and coding in her free time.

Andrea Otte is a senior political science major and music minor from Ft. Madison, Iowa.  She was a two-year member of the Iowa All-State Band, received straight superior ratings at the state solo/ensemble contest, and was awarded the Sousa Award.  She has performed with the Southeast Iowa Concert Band, the Ft. Madison City Band, and the Nauvoo City Band.  When she’s not studying or playing clarinet, she enjoys kayaking and playing tennis.

Holly Peters is a sophomore music education major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  She played in the All-State Band her senior year and received the Arion Award.  She also served as drum major of her high school marching band for two years and received superior ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest.  She enjoys playing the alto sax in pep band and spends her free time making baked goods and painting.

Bethany Rogers comes to us from Blue Springs, Missouri, where she was selected to perform in Carnegie Hall as a participant in the Honors Performance Series.  She is currently a junior music education major who plans to eventually become a music therapist.  She recently worked as a staff member for the Blue Lake Music Camp in Michigan.

Lauren Seifried is from Aurora, Missouri, where she received superior ratings at the state contest and was selected to receive the John Philip Sousa Award.  She is a third year music education major who enjoys swimming.

Jordan Shroyer comes to us from Galesburg, Illinois, where she performed in the Illinois All-State Honors Band and received the John Philip Sousa Award.  She is a junior computer science major and music minor who enjoys running cross country and track.

Molly Stolze is from St. Louis, Missouri, where for two years she was a member of the All-Suburban Band and the All-State Honorable Mention Band.  She received superior ratings at state contest all four years of high school, and she is currently a junior psychology major and music minor who plans to pursue a career in music therapy.

Kelle Sutton recently transferred from Murray State University and is now a senior music major.  He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri.  He was a finalist for the Paducah Symphony and Nashville Philharmonic Young Artist Competitions, and he has performed in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band.  He loves photography, poetry, and reading.

Tori Tyler is from Quincy, Illinois, where she played in the All-State Band, the All-District Band, the All-District Orchestra and won the Quincy Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition.  She also served as principal clarinetist of the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra.  She is a second year student double majoring in clarinet performance and business.  At Truman she participates as a varsity athlete on the track and field team, and enjoys playing the tenor saxophone.

Josh Van Norman is a senior clarinet performance major from Fulton, Missouri.  For three consecutive years he performed in the All-State and All-District bands, and he was the section leader of his high school band.  He also received the John Philip Sousa Award and earned superior ratings a state solo/ensemble contest all four years of high school.  When he’s not playing clarinet, he enjoys working out, doing resistance training and youtube-ing for practical and/or useless information.

Jeffrey Yung comes from St. Louis, Missouri, where he played bass clarinet in the All-State Band and received three superior ratings at state solo/ensemble contest.  He is a senior double majoring in criminal justice and psychology with a music minor.

Jazmyn B.

I like the small class sizes and how each professor generally teaches a small number of classes. Because of this, all my professors know my name and how I perform in the class. It helps to hold me responsible and gives me extra motivation to do my best.

Jazmyn B., Music Major