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Harrison Band Members Earn All-State Honors

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Six Harrison High School band members have been selected by the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) for 2022 All-State Band recognition. They will join top high school musicians from throughout Georgia for a three-day music education, development, and performance event March 3-5 at The Classic Center in Athens, GA.

Harrison Bands students named to the 2022 GMEA All State Symphonic Band comprised of eleventh and twelfth grades are:

  • Tristan Sanford, French Horn
  • Alex Thrash, Clarinet
  • Davis Wetter, Bass Clarinet and
  • Wesley Wilder, Tenor Sax

Harrison Bands students named to the 2022 GMEA All State Concert Band comprised of ninth and tenth grades are:

  • Conner Naylor, Trumpet
  • Katherine Ferrell, Alto Sax, alternate

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“These outstanding Harrison Bands musicians have demonstrated both perseverance and talent in earning this honor,” said Josh Ray, director of bands at Harrison High School in Kennesaw. “Qualifying requires achieving excellence in a competitive, multi-step audition process. But even before that, these musicians invested countless hours in lessons, rehearsals, and performances to reach this level. We offer our heartfelt congratulations to these musicians and their supportive families.”

During the All-State Band weekend, outstanding high school musicians from throughout Georgia participate in development workshops, rehearsals and concert performances. Noted guest conductors guide the bands through all activities and performances.

To qualify for All-State Band, high school students must complete multiple rounds of competitive auditions demonstrating a broad array of sight reading and performance skills.

Since its inception in 1991, the Harrison High School band program has earned a national reputation for music and performance excellence. The band has been a multi-time finalist in Grand National Championships, and is frequently invited to perform at events that include the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, holiday and bowl parades around the country, and at top theme parks. Students in the Harrison bands are consistent members of the District Honor Band, Georgia All-State Band, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Honor Band of America, Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program, Atlanta Youth Jazz Orchestra and Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to excellence in music, Harrison Band members consistently demonstrate outstanding scholastic, teamwork and competitive abilities, developing personal relationship, study and life skills important to future success.

More information on Harrison Bands is available at the band's website. More information about the Georgia Music Educators Association and its programs is available at the association's website.

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