Eastern Alamance High School had a total of eight band members earn a spot in the All-District Honor Band. The students included Dominic Lingg (2nd Chair Mallets, 9-10 Band), Megan Weiss (3rd Chair Horn, 11-12 Band), Tyson Sessoms (10th Chair Trumpet, 9-10 Band), Liam Weiss (3rd Chair Trombone, 9-10 Band), Joey Kempf (2nd Chair Tuba, 11-12 Band), Ian Jones (1st Chair Percussion, 11-12 Band), Thomas Guerrero (4th Chair Percussion, 11-12 Band), and Dre Alcantar (6th Chair Horn, 11-12 Band).
According to Eastern High Band Director Ben Crotts, the EAHS band members auditioned against over 950 students to earn spots in two bands, split by grade level (9-10, 11-12).
“Their auditions required of memorized major and chromatic scales that must be played within a specified time limit, a solo for their instrument, as well as receiving a short etude that they have not seen before with only 45 seconds to look over it before performing it in front of two judges,” Crotts explained.
The All-District honor bands represent the North Carolina Bandmasters Central District. There are seven districts in North Carolina that are created based on geography. In Eastern's High’s Central District there are 14 counties including Alamance, Guilford, Randolph, Durham, Orange, 15 school districts and additional charter schools.
The rehearsals and finale concerts were held on the campus of Page High School in Greensboro January 31 and February 1. Students in the ninth and tenth grade (9-10) band rehearsed under the direction of clinician Jim Kirkpatrick from T.C. Robeson High School, and the eleventh and twelfth grade (11-12) ensemble rehearsed under the direction of Mrs. Patricia Hughes Ball from West Forsyth High School.
As a result of their high placements and scores, Jones, Lingg, Kempf, Megan Weiss, and Liam Weiss are eligible to audition for All-State Band on March 7th at Central Davidson High School in Lexington.