Music In Our Schools

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By Camille McClanahan

Grant County band reaches milestone - The Grant County High School band reached a milestone this year with 20 students participating in the Northern Kentucky Select Band. This number marks a milestone in the band history as the most members ever selected. There were 12 students in the top Wind Ensemble, and eight in the Concert Band.  Those selected for prestigious first chair positions in the district were: Brittany Epperson (clarinet), Luke Hampton (bass clarinet), Damien Hicks (bari saxophone) and Whitney Johnson (oboe).


Grant County band makes history - Six Grant County High School students will travel to KMEA (Kentucky Music Educators Association) conference, Feb. 9-12, to perform in the prestigious Kentucky All-State Bands.
This marks a milestone in the history of the Grant County program, as the most students to make these ensembles.
“These kids went through a two-round audition,” GCHS band director David Owens said. “They passed the first round audition and went to the second round auditions in December. They went up against the entire state, so they’re the best musicians in the state. We had three students who were first chair over-all, which is pretty impressive: Heather Shelton on clarinet, Luke Hampton on bass and Damien Hicks on saxiphone. It’s a pretty impressive feat. ”
Aside from making school history, this accomplishment meets a personl goal for Shelton.
“I’ve worked for this for the past seven years,” Shelton said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to sit first chair and I’ve finally accomplished it my senior year, so it means a whole lot to me.”
After graduation, Shelton plans on participating in a summer music festival somewhere in the nation, but hasn’t decided exactly where yet. She also plans to pursue a career in music education.
Shelton, Hampton and Hicks were also chosen to participate as members of the Select Band.

Grant County Middle School band makes history - On Jan. 8, 39 Grant County Middle School students traveled to Summitt View Middle School, in Independence, Kentucky.  Those students prepared a piece of music that was also practiced by hundreds of other middle school students in Northern Kentucky. After several months of preparation, the 39 students auditioned in front of two judges. Once the scores were tallied, 14 of the Grant County Middle School Band students were selected as the best musicians in all of District 6.  Of all the students auditioning in Northern Kentucky, 60 students were selected to take part in this group and 14 of our students will represent Grant County Middle School.  The musicians selected will participate in a three day rehearsal and concert event at Northern Kentucky University on March 10 and 11. Those students were selected to be a part of the 2011 Northern Kentucky Select Band were: Michael Brown- first chair, Sadie Suel- third chair, Ciara Nichols- 12th chair, Harley Delaney-13th chair, Mariah Smith- second chair, Chris Collopy- third chair, Jaclyn Ball- first chair, Tyler Walls- eighth chair, Shelby Conrad- fourth chair, Kendrick Herring- 10th chair, Cassidy Mullins- first chair, Bailey Tutorow- seventh chair and Robin Rice- 12th chair Of all the middle schools in District 6, Grant County Middle School tied for the second highest number of students to be selected. This year, with 14 students, Grant County had the most students participating from the Grant County Band Program in all of its history. These students from Grant County Middle School will join the 20 high school band musicians that were selected from Grant County High School, making 34 students representing the Grant County Band program. This is the largest number of students to ever be selected from the Grant County Band programs (submitted by JoAnn Owens, GCMS - Band Director/Music Teacher).

GCMS students chosen for All-State Chorus - Rashelle Chapman, Cassidy Lacey and Annelise Kinsey have be chosen for the 2011 All-State Junior High Chorus, the highest level of recognition for vocal music students in the state of Kentucky. The three auditioned for spots and will perform at the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association’s annual conference in February.