By: Tyler Ball
The All State Band competition is coming! Band students from all across the state will join together on March 8-10 to participate in this event.
All-State Band is and event where the most talented band students from schools statewide are chosen to gather together and practice musical pieces together all day for two days before performing the songs they've learned prior to, and during the event in front of a live audience at the Charleston Civic Center on March 10th at 2:00 pm.
The band will be directed by a guest director Dr. Damon Talley from Louisiana State University.
Junior Austin Tolley, one of the three Ripley High students to be chosen to attend said, “I’m pretty excited. I think it’s really fun to be able to play percussion all day for two days. I also like performing so that’s a plus.”
The other students chosen for this event are junior Caleb Bailey and senior Maggie Bowlby. However, before being chosen to play at the competition, they had to prove their worthiness.
Each student’s audition consisted of 10 solo scales, and 2 etudes, also known as a short song. The auditions were held by band director Jennette Bowlby. They also had to have a blind audition in Charleston where they were given scales at random to play.
The students chosen are very lucky to be a part of All-State Band. They were chosen out of 400 kids competing for 150 spots in the band. Plus, it leads to great scholarships.
However, band kids aren't the only ones having fun. The choir students have their All- State competition ahead also.
Just like the band, the All-State choir performance will be held on March 8-10 at Charleston. These students will all come together with director Pam McClain and practice songs together all day for 2 days before performing on March 10th.
Their concert is held at the Municipal Auditorium. The tickets are $5 each.
The octet chosen by Annie Hancock from Ripley includes Anna Kimble, Addison Hartley, Cheyenne Jones, Rachel Snyder, Micah Ranson, Austin Jones, Lucas Smith, and Michael Lough.
Anna Kimble said “I was very excited when I was told I was chosen. I mean, I really enjoy choir and to be able to be chosen with the best in the state is pretty cool.”
There are usually more than 300 students in the choir, and most choir directors only bring their very best singers to the auditions, due to the amount of pressure. It's a big deal to be selected, and the concert is usually a pretty unique experience.