Students receive band honors
In January, students from all over the state of Alabama participated in the
All-State Band auditions. These auditions measure the ability of a middle
or high school band musician to play scales and exercises on his or her
instrument, as well as their ability to sight-read a new piece of music.
The tryout process is lengthy, complex, and occasionally nerve-wracking.
As a member band in Alabama Bandmasters Association District VI, which
stretches from the western edge of Elmore County to the state line of
Georgia, Tallassee students did very well in these auditions and were also
selected to participate in the All-District Band, which features the best of
the best players from our home district. They spent a weekend at Auburn
High School working on music with conductors Jerrel Horton of Vestavia Hills
High School and Randall Coleman of The University of Alabama, February
Congratulations to these students...
Miriam Bird (8th grade French Horn); Elizabeth Stillwell (9th grade
Trumpet); Beth East (7th grade Trumpet); Andrew Webster (12th grade Alto
Saxophone); Madelaine Worley (9th grade Clarinet); and Caleb Thornton (7th
grade Alto Saxophone). [Of particular note: Beth and Caleb are the
first-ever seventh graders from Tallassee to be chosen.]
Miriam, Beth, and Caleb are members of the Southside Middle School band and
study privately with Mrs. Sena Thibodeaux Bird. Elizabeth Stillwell,
Madelaine Worley and Andrew Webster are members of the Tallassee High School
band. Madelaine studies privately with Mr. Linwood Erb, and Elizabeth with
Mrs. Sena Thibodeaux Bird. Andrew has spent the past six years representing
our school system in every honor choir and honor band available; he is one
of the most decorated musicians our school has ever had, and this was his
final honor band experience before graduating. We are proud of all of these
hard working young people!