The annual All-State Band auditions were held on January 19th, 2019 at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ. Students from New Jersey’s three Region Honors Bands were eligible to register for the audition.
The Cherokee High School Instrumental Music Department directors and administration sponsored nine 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 an All-State Band/Orchestra:
ALL STATE WIND ENSEMBLE 2019
Meghan Correll - Eb Alto Clarinet; 1st Chair
ALL STATE ORCHESTRA 2019
Jihyung Kim - Eb Clarinet; 1st Chair
Grace Fox - Trumpet; 5th Chair
ALL STATE SYMPHONIC BAND 2019
Alex Kaup - Bb Clarinet; 3rd Chair
Jihyung Kim - Bb Clarinet; 13th Chair
Tae Kim - Soprano Saxophone; 1st Chair
Alex Kaup - Alto Sax; 4th Chair
Grace Fox - Trumpet; 6th Chair
Ian Aquino - Battery Percussion; 5th Chair
These students will rehearse at the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University in New Brunswick during the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) convention. The ensembles will participate in several instrumental clinics, a side-by-side performance with the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, and perform a finale concert on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the NJPAC in Newark, NJ.