Local student named to all-region band


Merin Duke of Pine Bluff was named to the Region II All-Region Band during auditions held Jan. 8 at Lake Hamilton Junior High in Pearcy.

Duke is a junior at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs. Duke made first band, first chair in oboe. Her audition qualified her to participate in the Region II All-Region Band Clinic that will be held Jan. 25-26 at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy.

She also qualified to audition for the all-state band on Feb. 2 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. If she qualifies for the all-state band, Duke will be eligible to participate in the Arkansas State Music Conference to be held Feb. 14-16 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Duke is the daughter of Lisa Marie Duke and Charles Bauer Duke III of Pine Bluff.