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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!

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