Nine students from the Four Counties area have been accepted into the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s All State Wind Ensemble or Concert Band.
Wind ensemble students are Dustin Baumert, Line Mountain School District; and Jonah Carney and Alisa Lo, both of the Lewisburg area. Students accepted for the Concert Band include Zoe Tomko and Leah Klooshtra, both from the Selinsgrove area; Gretta Hoffman-Aho and Andrew Nicholls, both from the Lewisburg area; and Anaalise Yeich and Cameron Cummins, both from the Danville area. Plans are underway for the PMEA 2021 Annual Conference (virtual) April 14-17.
“I didn’t expect to get in this year, so I’m really happy about that,” said Trombone Baumert, a 16-year-old sophomore from Hickory Corners.
Baumert, the son of Debbie and Tim Baumert, said he has been playing trombone since eighth grade. He also played trumpet and baritone and took piano lessons.
“I love the tenor voice she brings to the whole thing,” Baumert said of the trombone playing.
Line Mountain High School Band principal Dana Brown said she was proud that Baumert was the only Line Mountain student to be accepted after the audition.
“It’s super exciting for him,” Brown said. “It’s a great opportunity to learn from others and get more opportunities to play.”
Kevin Haile, president of PMEA District 8 and band principal at Central Columbia High School, said students held a series of virtual auditions this year, starting in November for band and orchestra students. . The top members of this initial audition won the honor of auditioning for All-State ensembles. PMEA has 12 districts represented at the state level.
The other District 8 wind ensemble student is Amy Feaster of North Penn Liberty High School. The other District 8 Harmony students are Hailey Kinley, of Wiliamsport Area; and Alexandra LeCrone, from the Montoursville area.
Auditions for the All-State Chorus and Orchestra will take place over the next few weeks, he said.