I don't post much about our daughter's activities, but this one is too exciting to pass up!
Yesterday she was selected as one of twelve high school percussionists state-wide for our all-state band. To be chosen on any instrument is a huge honor, but to make the percussion section is quite a feat because of the extensive requirements and small number of students selected. This was her third year of going through the audition process.
To audition, percussionists have to perform a variety of etudes, solos, and rudiments on snare, marimba, and timpani. If they make it to the second round of competition, they have to repeat everything they played in the first round, plus demonstrate a variety of skills on crash cymbals and tambourine. The audition process, which took the entire day, had me on pins and needles while I waited for news. But she's cool under pressure and obviously fared just fine!
Our daughter was actually one of two students in our high school who had qualified to audition for either the all-state band or the all-state choir. Because she plans to eventually become a band director, she chose to audition for the band this year. But she still prepared all of the vocal audition material, in addition to the percussion requirements, so it has been a busy summer and fall. Next year, she plans to audition for the all-state choir.
The all-state band and choir will perform in concert at the end of November. We're very proud of her and excited that she will have this experience during her high school years!