Pattonville High School senior Sydney Suvansri was named the 2022 High School Band Directors National Association (HSBDNA) National Band Student of the Year. In May, the clarinetist was selected as a member of the All-National Marching Band and the All-National Concert Band.
Senior trumpeter Max McFarland was also selected as a member of both ensembles and was named a finalist for the National Band Student of the Year award.
Across the country, only 12 clarinetists and 12 trumpeters were selected for each group.
This is the second time since 2020 that a Pattonville High School band member has received the top national honor.
Pattonville High School’s band teachers are Laura Livesay, Denny McFarland and Anna White.