Grace Popa, a member of the Saline High School FFA Chapter and Saline High School Marching Band in Saline, was on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 24-28 during the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
Popa, a sophomore and the daughter of Keri Popa, was one of 83 members from 31 states who was selected to play a flute in the National FFA Band. Grace was the only FFA member selected from Michigan. Popa submitted an audition tape (consisting of a major scale of her choice, a chromatic scale, and a chosen solo) and was selected to help bring full instrumental balance to the band from a pool of applicants nationwide. She was 3rd chair of the 10 flutes who learned 7 concert and 30 pep band selections.
The National FFA Band will performed several times during the national convention and expo at various venues – including the Artsgarden near the Regency Hotel, before and during each general session, and marching down FFA Way in Downtown Indianapolis.
Grace joined fellow band members in Indianapolis for rehearsals three days before the convention and expo began.
Dow AgroSciences sponsors the National FFA Band.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.