Four Langston Chapel Middle School Band students were selected recently by the state’s top music educators from more than 6,480 auditioning middle school musicians for a coveted chair in Georgia’s All-State Band.
After preparing a difficult competitive audition piece and sight reading a previously unknown musical selection, Eric Kollars, Denzel DeLoach, Ben Crawford and Amber Jones all earned a spot to perform with the 160-member group in concert at the Savannah Civic Center March 5. The All-State Band will work under the direction of prominent national conductors Robert W. Smith and Freddy Martin.
"This is quite an achievement for our band program,” said Langston Chapel Band Director Holly Lloyd. “This is the first time we have had so many qualify for this honor.”
Lloyd is known for her skill in pairing students with just the right instrument to interest them, match their talents and achieve success.
The four students were part of a 10-member group from the Langston band that were selected for the Georgia Music Educators Association First District Honor Band during its annual auditions held at Effingham County Middle School in December. It was at the District Honor Band Competition that the four were selected to advance and compete for All-State Band honors.
The four will join the state’s best middle school musicians March 3-5 at the Savannah Civic Center for an intense learning, practice and performance schedule that will culminate with two middle school All-State Band performances on Saturday, March 5, at 2:45 and 3:30. Kollars is a percussionist, Deloach plays tuba, and Crawford and Jones both play french horn.
Conductor Robert W. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers of concert and orchestral literature in America today with more than 600 publications, most through his long association with Warner Brothers. He currently teaches music at his alma mater, Troy State University in Alabama.
Conductor Freddy Martin is the founding director of the famed Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, which is known as the finest marching music units in the world. He is currently an adjunct faculty for brass at Emory University in Atlanta.