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Horton band student invited to All-State Honors Band

Posted Monday, March 14, 2005

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Each year, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association sponsors three honors bands for students in North Carolina, one middle school (grades 6-8) band and two high school bands (grade 9-10 and 10-11). These bands allow music educators to diversify their instruction, giving high-achieving students an opportunity to be challenged and recognized.

Joe Graybeal, a French horn player in the seventh grade at Horton, was invited to audition for the All-State Honors held on March 5 based on his third-chair placement in the Central District All-District band. Only three French horn players are invited to audition from each district. For his audition, Joe prepared a difficult solo and memorized several scales. He was judged on his ability to play a piece of music he had never seen before.

"I am very proud of Joe. He is a very talented student but Honors band also requires a great deal of hard work and self-motivation. Joe's preparations went far beyond the things we have covered in seventh grade band class and his accomplishment shows his passion and enthusiasm for music," said Martha Stokes, Band Director at Horton Middle School.

The Honors Band clinic will be held April 22-24 at UNC-G; a concert will be held on April 24 at 2 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium in the new music building on the UNC-G campus.

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