Fort Mill Times

Students make All-State, All-Region bands

Fort Mill schools again placed many high school and middle school students in the South Carolina Band Directors Association All-Region and All-State bands.

In all, 174 students earned All-Region seats after competing with other students in Region 3 schools, which includes nine counties in upstate South Carolina. The students who placed highest in the All-Region Bands were invited to compete with other students from across South Carolina for a seat in the All-State band. Forty-six of these students earned seats in the 2009 All-State Band.

Twenty seven of these were high-school students (Fort Mill, 14; Nation Ford, 13), and 19 were middle school students (Fort Mill Middle School, 4, Gold Hill Middle School, 3, and Springfield Middle School-12). Those who weren't seated in the All-State Band were seated in the All-Region Band. Sixty-eight of these were high school students - 34 from each school - and 60 were middle school students (Fort Mill Middle School, 26; Gold Hill Middle School, 4; and 30 from Springfield Middle School).

Two separate auditions for the All-State Bands were held. The first was a regional audition to qualify top students for the final audition and was held in each of the five regions in South Carolina. The second or final audition was held two weeks later at Lexington High School. Region bands were seated from the region audition, and All-State bands were seated from the final audition. Students not selected for All-State from the final audition were seated in the Region band at the top of the section according to the region audition score. The balance of the section was seated according to the region scores.

The South Carolina Band Directors Association's purpose is to recognize outstanding achievements among the band students of South Carolina, to provide encouragement and guidance for the serious students of music, provide worthwhile educational and social experiences for deserving students, and provide enriched music experiences for the participants. They also

provide a medium through which band directors of the state may exhibit their top students.

- By staff reports

All-State Results: Jessica Coons - Contra Bass Clarinet - NFHS; Dottie Grantham - Flute - NFHS; Ellie Gunkel- Flute - FMHS; Joshua Harris - Bassoon - FMHS; Logan Herbert - Clarinet - FMHS; Matthew Krieger - Alto Sax - FMHS; Thomas Longfield - Tuba - NFHS; Justin Lyons - Trombone - NFHS; Alex McLelland - Trombone - NFHS; Tyler McDaniel - Trumpet - FMHS; James Parks - Bass Clarinet - FMHS; Celeste Seymore - Clarinet - FMHS; Claire Sibley - French Horn - NFHS; Megan Sibley - Bass Clarinet - NFHS; Jaclyn Turner - Clarinet - NFHS

Clinic: FMHS-7, NFHS-5: Josh Bradley - Tuba - FMHS; Anna Covington - Bass Clarinet - NFHS; Kate Davis - Bassoon - FMHS; Allyson Harris - Clarinet - NFHS; Lauren Hemmingsen - Clarinet - FMHS; Drew Holcomb - Trombone - FMHS; Calvin Kautsky - Bass Clarinet - NFHS; Andrew Krieger - Oboe - FMHS; Jacob Lutz- Tuba - NFHS; Eric McGuirk - Trumpet - FMHS; Justine Mummert - Clarinet - FMHS; Sara Tennant - Clarinet - NFHS

Junior: FMMS-4, GHMS-3, SMS-12: Briana DiMaria - Clarinet - SMS; Tessa Ferreri - Flute - GHMS; Mallory Grieve - Flute - FMMS; Emily Hessler - Flute - FMMS; E.B. Hinnant - French Horn - SMS; Natalie Lopez - Flute - GHMS; Ross Lordo - Trumpet - SMS; Bridget Luckie - Clarinet - GHMS; Gabrielle Mace - Flute - FMMS; Jake Mann - Clarinet - SMS; Samantha McGaha - Contra Bass Clarinet - SMS; Amanda McLaine - Bass Clarinet - SMS; Andrew Merk - Trombone - SMS; Allie Morrison - Alto Sax - FMMS; Matthew Myers - Tuba - SMS; Ian Pilley - Bassoon - SMS; Lia Plankenhorn - Clarinet - SMS; Julie Pugh - Clarinet - SMS; Caitlin Smith - Bassoon - SMS

Region Results: FMHS-34, NFHS-34, FMMS-26, GHMS-4, SMS-30; Senior - 27 Students; FMHS-14, NFHS-13: Alrik Barton - Trumpet - FMHS; Emma Barnes - Alto Sax - FMHS; Chris Berry - Bari Sax - NFHS; Regina Blackman - Trumpet - NFHS; Jeremy Bolduc - Trombone - NFHS; Julianne Cardenas - Clarinet - NFHS; Jennifer Church - Flute - FMHS; Chris D'Avanzo - French Horn - NFHS; Robet Dembinski - Trumpet - FMHS; Elizabeth Dennis - Clarinet - NFHS; Justin DiPiero - Flute - NFHS; Ellie Gunkel - Flute - FMHS; Joshua Harris - Bassoon - FMHS; Logan Herbert - Clarinet - FMHS; Thomas Longfield - Tuba - NFHS; Justin Lyons - Trombone - NFHS; Alex McLelland - Trombone - NFHS; Alexis McLaine - French Horn - FMHS; Zach Olney - Trombone - FMHS; James Parks - Bass Clarinet - FMHS; Aimee Pruitt - Alto Sax - FMHS; Celeste Seymore - Clarinet - FMHS; Claire Sibley - French Horn - NFHS; Jaclyn Turner - Clarinet - NFHS; Ben Tyler - Bass Clarinet - FMHS; Alex VanBuskirk - Clarinet - FMHS; Lindsay Walters - Flute - NFHS

Clinic: FMHS-20, NFHS-21: Beth Adams - Tuba - FMHS; Nadia Afshar - Alto Sax - NFHS; Brian Anderson - Clarinet - FMHS; Amanda Blom - Clarinet - NFHS; Zach Berry - Trombone - NFHS; Amanda Bolduc - Flute - NFHS; Josh Bradley - Tuba - FMHS; Carolyn Brotemarkle - Clarinet - FMHS; Chelsea Bunch - Flute - NFHS; Emily Church - Contra Bass Clarinet - FMHS; Seth Crocker - Trombone - FMHS; Matthew Dana - Bari Sax - FMHS; Dev Desai - Oboe - FMHS; Audrey Ferguson - Alto Sax - NFHS; Mackenzie Ferrell - Bassoon - FMHS; Austin Fleming - Clarinet - FMHS; Andrew Harris - Tenor Sax - FMHS; Jacob Hartley - Trombone - FMHS; Laura Henderson - Clarinet - FMHS; Brandon Hipkins - Tenor Sax - NFHS; Savannah Hinson - Clarinet - FMHS; Chad Given - French Horn - FMHS; Lauren Grier - Trumpet - NFHS; Hunter Lewis - Clarinet - NFHS; Ruthie Marshall - Trumpet - FMHS; Paul McGannon - Tuba - FMHS; William Niedermeier - Bass Clarinet - NFHS; Danielle Ormseth - Flute - FMHS; Siobhanne Pope - Trombone - NFHS; Patrick Rasmussen - French Horn - FMHS; Lauren Reising - French Horn - NFHS; Christin Sharp - Flute - NFHS; Robert Shedd - Trombone - NFHS; T.J. Shedd - Tuba - NFHS; Kenneth Sims - Euphonium - NFHS; Ansley Smith - Clarinet - NFHS; Alli Thomas - Flute - NFHS; Perrin Thompson - Flute - FMHS; Patrick Wasil - Bari Sax - NFHS; Jonathan Witmer - Timpani - NFHS; Nigel Wolfram - French Horn - NFHS

Junior Symphonic: FMMS-15, GHMS-3, SMS-14: Shelby Alexander - Clarinet - FMMS; Sidharth Bhadauria - Tube - SMS; Katie Bossi - Clarinet - GHMS; Avery Carter - Clarinet - SMS; Zeinab Caskey - Clarinet - FMMS; Briana DiMaria - Clarinet - SMS; Leah DiMatteo - Clarinet - FMMS; Matt Drescher - Trombone - SMS; Gabby Dys - Clarinet - SMS; Brittany Gionakis - Flute - FMMS; Clara Gleason - Flute - FMMS; Mallory Grieve - Flute - FMMS; Matthew Harris - Euphonium - FMMS; E.B. Hinnant - French Horn - SMS; Jacob Howren - Trombone - FMMS; Kelsey Klang - Flute - SMS; Cody Marple - Clarinet - FMMS; Samantha McGaha - Contra Bass Clarinet - SMS; James Navey - Tuba - FMMS; David Parks - Euphonium - SMS; Ian Pilley - Bassoon - SMS; Lia Plankenhorn - Clarinet - SMS; Emily Ray - Oboe - GHMS; Max Reber - Trombone - FMMS; Bayley Richardson - Flute - SMS; John Richardson - Tuba - FMMS; Phillip Tassoul - Trumpet - FMMS; Ashmitha Thinager - Clarinet - GHMS; Tyler Tickle - Alto Sax - FMMS; Judy Wei - Oboe - SMS; Andrew White - Clarinet - FMMS; Logan Wood - Bass Clarinet - SMS

Junior Concert: FMMS-11, GHMS-1, SMS-16: Rachel Adams - Flute - FMMS; Alexendra Best - Flute - FMMS; Kelsi Berkebile - Alto Sax - FMMS; Shannon Blair - Tuba - SMS; Josh Cardenas - Trumpet - FMMS; Joe Cassidy - French Horn - GHMS; Ian Davis - Tuba - SMS; Ian Giocondo - Trombone - FMMS; Polly Goss - Oboe - SMS; Will Grantham - Trumpet - FMMS; Sakeiya Huntley - Bass Clarinet - FMMS; Ashylynn Kirk - Trombone - SMS; Ivan Leon - French Horn - SMS; Brent Lowney - Trumpet - SMS; Chandler Maskal - Clarinet - FMMS; Donte' Miller - Mallets - FMMS; Peter Mize - Euphonium - SMS; Tyler Niederhuth - Flute - SMS; Cara Novak - Clarinet - SMS; Katy Pitman - Alto Sax - FMMS; Caitlin Smith - Bassoon - SMS; Jacob Sullenger - Trumpet - SMS; Brandon Talbert - Trumpet - FMMS; Helen Tayler - Trombone - SMS; Makeda Thomas - Clarinet - SMS; Jillian Tillery - Clarinet - SMS; Blake Vandiver - French Horn - SMS; Marina Weber - Flute - SMS - First Chair - Alternate - Orchestra.

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