Tabor trumpeter heads to All-State Symphonic Band
Marion — Tabor Academy trumpeter and high school junior AJ Macrina of Carver is slated to perform with the 2017 Massachusetts Music Educators All-State Symphonic Band. The All-State concert will be held at Symphony Hall in Boston on Saturday, March 11. He was chosen for this honor through a competitive audition process held this year at the district and all-state levels.
The competition started with more than 7,000 students from across the state vying for 1,600 positions to perform in one of the 20 ensembles (bands, orchestras, jazz bands and choirs) at the district level.
Individual musicians performed selected music for a panel of judges who ranked each instrument or vocal part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advanced from their district to compete against musicians from the four other districts in the state. The highest ranking musicians judged at the auditions in January form the All-State honors groups (about 500 musicians). Only the top 7 percent of musicians who initially auditioned for districts became All-State musicians.
For Macrina, this was his first time to be selected as an All-State musician.
The All-State student musicians participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the MMEA All-State Festival and Concert.