Thomas County Central High School Bands recently competed in the All District Honor Band auditions. Of the 160 students selected for placement, 63 were from Central, more than any other school .
“The dedication these young musicians demonstrate in preparation for competitive activities illustrate their desire to make music a real part of their life,” said Central band director C. Michial Mayhall. “This effort carries over in to the classroom both in band and in their academic classes. This is the most rewarding part of our success at Central High School.”
Laura Hopper, who made DHB for clarinet, said she’s met many people and formed good friendships from previous experiences. She’s also been able to expand her music knowledge.
“I like doing District Honor Band because I can expand my knowledge on the music,” Hopper said. “To prepare for it, I practice my tunes and my scales. Mr. Mayhall keeps us practicing. In the long run, it is always a great opportunity to go and perform in a band with a bunch of different students from around our region.”
Auditions were held Dec. 11, 2013, at Crisp County High School. More than 500 students from 17 high schools in the congressional district registered to compete for positions in concert and symphonic bands. These schools included Cairo, Thomasville, Colquitt, Brooks, Tifton, Pelham, Monroe, Miller County, Early County, Crisp County, Westover, Lee County, Dougherty, Deerfield Winsor, Americus-Sumter, Albany, Worth County and Turner County.
Freshman and sophomores competed for placement in the All District Concert Band. Juniors and seniors competed for positions in the All District Symphonic Band.
“Whether you make District Honor Band or not, pushing yourself to learn the music — which is usually pretty difficult — will overall make you a better performer,” Central senior Brian West, who made DHB for tuba, said. “Also, collaborating with other people in your section who are learning the same music as you allows you to learn and grow together.
There’s always a pretty fierce competition between us and kids from other schools but, obviously, it’s worth all the stress of competition. It’s always a good experience.”
Central also had 23 students recommended to the all-state level and Maggie Bowden was selected for the all-state orchestra. Six students placed in the All District Jazz Ensemble.
Central’s band directors are Mayhall and Tyler Lipsey.
Central students selected for All District Concert Band are:
n Flute: Jessi Hopland (first chair), Jane Guo, Madison Everett and Nicole Baker
n Clarinet: Laken Rutland (first chair), Kristen Gaitani, Zarah Varney and Ansley Warren
n Alto Saxophone: Chelcie Nix and Katricia Fann
n French Horns: Lillie Horton and Kendra Anderson
n Trumpets: Isabel Medellin (first chair), Elizabeth Alford, Michael Mitchell and Morgan Allen
n Trombone: Chandler Watson (first chair), Camille Sowell and Kaleb Goss
n Baritones: Connor McCardel and Christine Hollingsworth
n Tuba: Cole Redfearn
n Percussion: Austin Ridley, Ethan Hopper, Cole Donavan, Jaiquez Duncan and Justin Barfield
Central students selected for All District Symphonic Band are:
n Flutes: Lauren Rich (first chair), Abigail Smith, Lindsy Thompson, Amber Atkinson, Anne Marie Holland, Amanda Smith and Christian Munoz
n Oboe: Lauren Rich (first chair)
n Bassoon: Bailey Slaughter (first chair)
n Clarinets: Laura Hopper, Katie Beckham, Hannah Reed, Shanika Davis, Elizabeth Smith
n Bass Clarinet: Antonio Cooney
n Contra Clarinet: Ashton Whaley (first chair)
n Alto Saxophone: Daezha Brooks and Justin Knapp
n Tenor Saxophone: Taylor Savage
n Bari Saxophone: Barron Stuckey
n French Horn: Kara Haskins and Abigail Towns
n Trumpets: Nick Young (first chair), Jimmy Johnson and Garrett Smith
n Trombone: Dalton Bynum (first chair), Charles Maggitas, Cross Bryant, Joseph Little, AJ Nieves and Brandon Connelly
n Tuba: Nikki Young and Brian West
n Percussion: Maggie Bowden (first chair), Merari Pritchett and Taylor Broome
Central students who made All District Jazz Ensemble are:
n Trombone: Charles Maggitas (first chair), Dalton Bynum and Azarel Nieves
n Trumpet: Nick Young
n Vibes: Taylor Broome (first chair)
Central students recommended for all-state are:
n Flute: Lauren Rich
n Oboe: Lauren Rich
n Clarinet: Laura Hopper, Katie Beckham, Laken Rutland
n Bassoon: Baily Slaughter
n Trumpet: Nick Young, Elizabeth Alford, Isabel Medellin
n Horn: Abigail Towns, Kara Haskins, Lillie Horton
n Trombone: Dalton Bynum, Charles Maggitas, Cross Bryant, Chandler Watson
n Tuba: Nikki Young, Brian West
n Percussion: Maggie Bowden, Merari Pritchett, Austin Ridley, Cole Donovan