Six hundred middle school and eight hundred high school band students recently auditioned before a panel of judges for the 2016 GMEA District 12 (Cobb County area) Honor Bands. We are pleased to announce that two of our students, sixth grader Ben Martin and sophomore Kayla Constantine, have been selected to play in the District 12 Honor Bands on February 5-7 at Hillgrove High School. Ben is one of only two 6th graders to be selected and made 1st chair, lead snare, in the second middle school band. Additionally, he scored 24 points higher than the next student below him! Kayla placed 6th chair out of a large number of clarinets. High school auditions for Honor Band become increasingly more difficult and Kayla worked very hard to receive this honor. Both students will represent NCCS very well and we congratulate them for their accomplishments!
Additionally, we are proud of Middle School Orchestra students Hanna Cloete, Mikayla Riggins, Chichi Enyinda and Kelly Ann Sutterfield from the 5th and 6th Grade Orchestra and Erica Milbourn, Morgan Plont, Aidan Durity and Hallie Meier from the 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra for working hard and auditioning for a position in the GMEA District 12 2016 Middle School Honor Orchestras. As with District Honor Band, hundreds of students from all over Cobb County audition for a place in one of the two orchestras. All students competed in the areas of Intonation, Rhythmic Accuracy, Musicianship and Tone while playing 2 Excerpts and 1 Sight-Reading. Each one made great strides and now know how the audition process works and feels - excerpts and sight reading!!!
Special congratulations go to Hallie Meier, Aidan Durity, and Kelly Ann Sutterfield for successfully passing the audition and receiving a place in the 2016 MS Honor Orchestra! These students will be going to McEachern High School on February 26 - 27 to represent NCCS! The concert will be on Saturday, February 27 at McEachern High School and is open to all, so plan to come support them!