Six Dobyns-Bennett High School and four Sullivan Central High School band members have been selected for the Tennessee All-State Band.
So have three student musicians from Volunteer High School and four from Science Hill High School.
The 17 are among the state’s top high school concert band musicians.
In tryouts at Bearden High School in Knoxville Jan. 8, students were tested on a prepared solo, scales and the ability to read a musical selection at sight, according to a news release from the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association.
They were selected by a panel of band directors from East Tennessee. The students will participate in the All-State Band in Chattanooga in April, while they and others also will participate in the All-State East Band next month in Gatlinburg.
The D-B All-State students selected from Kingsport’s lone high school are junior Harrison Emery, baritone; junior John Seale, bass clarinet; senior Rebecca Quillen, clarinet; senior Andrea Cunningham, flute; senior Cailey Brazee, oboe; and junior Ben Jack, trombone.
From Central, the four students chosen for the All-State Band are senior Meredith Harris, trumpet; junior Maria Long, French horn; senior Kevin Mann, alto saxophone; and senior Spencer Sexton, trumpet.
“This is the most we’ve had since 1980 make it (to the All-State Band),” Central Band Director Chris Smithson said.
From Volunteer in Hawkins County, the three are junior Curtis Hoeppner, tuba; senior Nolan Derrick, tuba; and Madison Brummitt, trombone.
And those from Science Hill in Johnson City are senior Emma LaPrade, flute; junior Jordan Bennett, French horn; junior Elizabeth Simmons, French horn; and senior Alex Leonard, trumpet.
In addition, other students from across Northeast Tennessee were selected to participate in the East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Clinic to be held in Gatlinburg Feb. 2-5. This group, in addition to the All-State players mentioned above, will convene on Thursday, Feb. 2. After rehearsals, they will present a concert on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 5.
The All-State East Band Clinic, which has Blue, Green, Red and White bands, is sponsored by the association.
The Blue Band will be conducted by Roy Holder, conductor emeritus of the Lake Braddock High School band in Fairfax, Va. The Green Band will be under the direction of Terry Jolly, Murfreesboro, Tenn. The Red Band will be conducted by director of bands Andrea Strauss of Shorter College, Rome, Ga., and the White Band will work with Sean Greene, director of bands at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tenn.comments powered by Disqus