Cherokee High School students named to New Jersey All-State Band

CHEROKEE High School musicians Rebecca Andrews (trombone), Marc Nation (battery percussion), Leanne Friedman (flute) and Anna Slimm (mallet percussion) were selected to join this year’s All-State Band.

Cherokee High School’s instrumental music department directors and administration sponsored 11 students for New Jersey’s All-State Band auditions, held Jan. 19 at John P. Stevens High School in Edison.

Cherokee band director Michael Lynch attended the auditions and participated as a Region III judge.

Students from New Jersey’s three Region Honors Bands were eligible to register for the audition.

Each student was required to perform all 12 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.

The following Cherokee students won a position with the All State Bands: Rebecca Andrews, trombone; Marc Nation, battery percussion; Leanne Friedman, flute; and Anna Slimm, mallet percussion.

These students rehearsed at the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University in New Brunswick during the New Jersey Music Educators Association convention last month.

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 New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

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