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Posted On: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Several students across the district have recently qualified for auditioned choral and instrumental groups at the state level. On behalf of the Elizabethton Board of Education, Board Chair Rita Booher congratulates each of these students and their instructors.

“Music is both an art and a science, so it’s extremely rewarding to see students from each of our schools performing among the best in the state,” said Booher. “Qualifying for these groups represents more than a successful audition – it represents hours and often years of practice at home and at school. More importantly, it reflects on our students’ passion and musical talent, which are evident at any of our local performances. We’re really proud of each of these students and want to congratulate them, their parents, and their teachers.”

From Elizabethton High School, Christian Price (bass 1) and Caleb Johnson (bass 2) qualified for Tennessee Music Education Association’s (TMEA) All-East and All-State Choirs. Audrey Holland (clarinet), Isaac Hurley (French horn), and Ethan Horton (trombone) qualified for TMEA All-State Concert Band. They will perform Saturday, April 13 at Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

From T. A. Dugger Jr. High School, 22 advanced band students qualified for East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s Upper Area Junior Clinic Band – the 4th largest group of 50 schools to participate. Eighth grade qualifiers are Paige Bowers (flute), Lilly Vance (clarinet), Allison Brewer (clarinet), Hannah Orren (clarinet), Liam Taylor (alto sax), Dawson May (tenor sax), Isabela McQueen (French horn), Hannah McDonnell (French horn), Hayden Culbert (baritone), Austin Wright (baritone), Caleb Napier (percussion), and Emma Markland (bass clarinet). Seventh grade qualifiers include Kyleigh Elliott (flute), Zada Hardin (flute), Ashlynn Guy (clarinet, Makaylah Crowe (bass clarinet), Nathaniel Hurley (trumpet), Jon Shepard (trumpet), Max Garner (French horn), Nick Perry (trombone), and Brandon Taluskie (baritone). These students will perform Saturday, Feb. 16 at Robinson Middle School in Kingsport, Tenn.

Four elementary students qualified for TMEA Treble Honor choir. These include Eriannah Earnest and Mason Byrd from East Side, Callie Dickison from West Side, and Bailey Cannon from Harold McCormick. These students will perform Saturday, April 13 at Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

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