New Jersey All-State Band
The annual All-State Band auditions took place on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ. Students from New Jersey’s three Region Honors Bands are eligible to register for the audition. The Cherokee High School Instrumental Music Department directors and administration sponsored thirteen students for the All-State Band auditions. The Cherokee High School Band Director, Michael Lynch, attended the auditions and participated as a Region III judge and/or moderator.
Each student was required to perform all twelve major scales and/or the percussive rudiments, a select chromatic scale, two select solo excerpts, and a challenging short piece that was sight-read during the audition. The students studied and rehearsed the required materials for countless hours and worked closely with Cherokee band directors and private instructors to ensure the highest levels of performance.
Congratulations to the following students for winning a position with the All-State Symphonic Band:
All-State Symphonic Band
Meghan Correll – 3rd Chair; Alto Clarinet
Alex Kaup – 2nd Chair; Bb Clarinet
Tae Kim – 1st Chair; Soprano Saxophone
These students will rehearse at the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University in New Brunswick during the New Jersey Music Educators Association convention in February. The two ensembles will participate in several instrumental clinics, a side-by-side performance with the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, and perform a finale concert at the NJPAC in Newark, NJ.