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JHS students selected for NAfME All-National Honor Concert Ensembles

By Staff | Nov 18, 2016

Three Jefferson High School students have been selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles.

Ryan Cole, a trombone player, will be part of the All-National Symphony Orchestra; Ian Livingston, a trumpet player will participate in the All-National Jazz Ensemble and Ally Ward, a tuba player, will be in the All-National Concert Band.

The students will travel to Grapevine, Texas, on Nov.10 to rehearse and perform with hundreds of other exceptional young musicians from across the nation in a gala concert at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center on Nov. 13.

The concert will conclude NAfME’s 2016 National In-Service Conference being held at the Gaylord Texas Resort and Conference Center from Nov. 10 through 13.

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. The ensembles consist of a concert band, orchestra, mixed chorus and jazz ensemble, and students were chosen by auditions.

In order to be eligible to apply for the ensembles, students must have been accepted to their state’s 2015-2016 All-State or Division Festival or invited to apply by their state’s music education association. These students have all represented Jefferson High School as members of the West Virginia All-State Band.

“We’re thrilled to have three of our students headed to Texas,” said J.P. Lynch, director of bands at Jefferson High School.

“It’s especially exciting that they will be participating in three different ensembles,” Lynch said.

“We’re looking forward to hearing about their trip upon their return.”