PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Two trumpet players, a clarinet player and a baritone saxophonist from Port Chester schools were recently selected to perform with the New York State Band Directors Association Honor Bands.
Middle and high school musicians from across New York were selected for the bands based on their scores at the spring New York State School Music Association Solo Evaluation Festival and their schoolteachers' recommendations. A committee of band directors chose students from nearly 100 school districts.
William Brakewood, a seventh-grade trumpeter, will perform with the NYSBDA Middle School Honor Concert Band. His school music teacher is Linda McDermott. Tenth-grader Emmalie Tello, a clarinet player, was chosen for the High School Honor Concert Band, while fellow 10th-grader Isabella Roca, trumpet, and 11th-grader Anthony Pellegrini, baritone saxophone, were selected for the Honor Jazz Ensemble. Roca and Pellegrini won two of just 18 spots in the ensemble. Their school music teacher is Robert Vitti.
The students will will participate in extensive rehearsals in Liverpool, N.Y., on March 1 before performing at the Band Directors Association's 32nd annual symposium on March 2 or 3. While the students rehearse, their teachers and other New York instrumental music educators will attend clinics, workshops and performances during the weekend-long event.