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Three Cherokee High School students named to All State band

April 5th, 2014 10:57 pm by Jeff Bobo

Three Cherokee High School students named to All State band

Nick Fisher, left, Nathan Carpenter, center, and Hannah Thurman were honored by the Board of Education on Thursday for being named to the All State band. Photo by Jeff Bobo.

ROGERSVILLE — It's been more than a decade since Cherokee High School had a band member named to the All State band, but this year Cherokee will send three, including a graduating senior who has already received a four-year band scholarship.

On Thursday, the Hawkins County Board of Education honored Cherokee's three All State band members: freshman Nick Fisher on euphonium, junior Nathan Carpenter on trombone, and senior Hannah Thurman on the alto saxophone.

The trio received certificates from board vice chairperson Holly Helton and a standing ovation.

Cherokee band director Costa Geros told the Times-News Friday the entire band has worked incredibly hard this year, and sent five members to the All East regional event which performed in Sevierville in early February.

Geros said the All State honors for Fisher, Thurman and Carpenter are well deserved.

"We've not had a kid in All State in maybe 10 years — 15 probably — and we've got three this year," Geros said. "To get into that upper tier is very, very difficult. They're three of the finest kids there are at Cherokee High School, and if anyone ever deserved this award it would be them."

The other two Cherokee band members who made it to the All East regional event were sophomore Sophia Fink on alto saxophone and sophomore Sydney Phillips on clarinet.

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