BOONE — Five Surry County Schools musicians performed recently at Appalachian State University with the all-district band.
More than 1,200 students from 19 counties tried out for only 140 spots in the Northwest North Carolina All-District Honor Band event.
Students worked to practice and perfect a solo specific to their instrument, as well as performing scales and sight-reading a piece of music after looking at it for only 30 seconds.
The students were placed in one of two bands: the 11th-12th Symphonic Band or the 9th-12th Concert Band. Three students made the symphonic band, and two the concert band.
Isaiah Collins, East Surry, made third clarinet, while classmate Will Nichols made second tenor saxophone in the symphonic band. North Surry’s Caleb Cooke made eighth trombone in the band.
In the concert band, East’s Hunter Hellard made second alto sax, while Surry Central’s Abigail Lambert made fourth flute.
After being selected, the five local students rehearsed with the best student-musicians in the Northwest NC Bandmasters Association on the ASU campus last month.
Special guest conductors led rehearsals, which culminated in a concert in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday afternoon.
The 9-12 Concert Band was conducted by Sean Smith, director of bands at A.C. Reynolds High School in Asheville. The 11-12 Symphonic Band was conducted by Fran Shelton, retired director of bands at Hendersonville High School.