Playing in the band

Graves High shines in All-District Band

Symphonic All-District Band Auditions and Round 1 of the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s All-State Band auditions were held recently at Murray High School. Pictured here are 11 of the Graves County High School students selected to participate in the KMEA First District Symphonic All-District Band at Murray State University Jan. 5-7, 2012. They include, from left, (front row) Matt Franklin - Tuba, Stephen Courtney - Tuba; (middle row) Cheyenne McMullen - French Horn, Zach Smith - Trombone, Chris Rice - Trumpet, Hunter Moffitt – Trombone, Nicole McDaniel - Clarinet; (back row) C.J. Elliott - French Horn (First Chair), Mitchell Rollins - Alto Sax (First Chair), Todd Shiflett – Snare (First Chair), Robert Cagle – Trumpet (1st Chair). Not pictured is Aaron Ball - Alto Sax

Aaron Ball, Robert Cagle, Stephen Courtney, Matt Franklin, C.J. Elliott, Hunter Moffitt, Chris Rice, Mitchell Rollins, Todd Shiflett, and Zach Smith were recommended to move on for All-State Band Round 2 auditions Dec. 10 in Elizabethtown.

Mitchell Rollins and Robert Cagle also auditioned and were selected as members of the First District All-District Jazz Band.

Murray State University hosts the All-District Band weekend each year. Students must audition and are selected based on the student’s audition ranking and the Symphonic All-District Band’s instrumentation needs. The selected students will attend a two-day clinic with rehearsals on Thursday and Friday. They’ll present a concert at the conclusion of the clinic weekend on Saturday afternoon. Jeff Williams, with assistants Craig Fuqua and Ellis Shelby, directs the Graves County High School Band.

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