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Elizabethton students named to state bands and choirs

John Thompson • Updated Jan 24, 2019 at 8:08 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Bands and choirs from the Elizabethton City School System frequently place at a high level in state competition. Individual student musicians also are frequently honored with a high placement in the state. That was certainly true this year, with students from elementary schools to high school taking such honors.

Rita Booher, Elizabethton City Board of Education chairwoman, recognized all the individual successes recently. She said: “Music is both an art and a science, so it’s extremely rewarding to see students from each of our schools performing among the best in the state. Qualifying for these groups represents more than a successful audition – it represents hours and often years of practice at home and at school.

“More importantly, it reflects on our students’ passion and musical talent, which are evident at any of our local performances,” she said. “We’re really proud of each of these students and want to congratulate them, their parents, and their teachers.”

From Elizabethton High School, Christian Price (bass 1) and Caleb Johnson (bass 2) qualified for Tennessee Music Education Association’s All-East and All-State Choirs. Audrey Holland (clarinet), Isaac Hurley (French horn), and Ethan Horton (trombone) qualified for TMEA All-State Concert Band. They will perform Saturday, April 13, at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville.

From T.A. Dugger Junior High School, 22 advanced band students qualified for East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s Upper Area Junior Clinic Band — the fourth-largest group of 50 schools to participate. Eighth-grade qualifiers are Paige Bowers (flute), Lilly Vance (clarinet), Allison Brewer (clarinet), Hannah Orren (clarinet), Liam Taylor (alto sax), Dawson May (tenor sax), Isabela McQueen (French horn), Hannah McDonnell (French horn), Hayden Culbert (baritone), Austin Wright (baritone), Caleb Napier (percussion) and Emma Markland (bass clarinet).

Seventh-grade qualifiers include Kyleigh Elliott (flute), Zada Hardin (flute), Ashlynn Guy (clarinet), Makaylah Crowe (bass clarinet), Nathaniel Hurley (trumpet), Jon Shepard (trumpet), Max Garner (French horn), Nick Perry (trombone) and Brandon Taluskie (baritone). These students will perform Saturday, Feb. 16, at Robinson Middle School in Kingsport.

Four elementary students qualified for TMEA Treble Honor choir. These include Eriannah Earnest and Mason Byrd from East Side, Callie Dickison from West Side and Bailey Cannon from Harold McCormick. These students will perform Saturday, April 13, at the Opryland Hotel.

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