The Maryville Middle School Symphonic Band, comprised of sixty-eight 7th and 8th grade band students, was chosen to perform for the Tennessee Music Education Association’s annual All-State Band Clinic in Nashville on April 16.
This is the highest honor a student instrumental group can receive within the state of Tennessee, and the Maryville Middle Band is the first group from Maryville to be invited. Music Educators from every county in the State of Tennessee had the opportunity to hear the band in their 45-minute concert at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Nashville.
The group was chosen based on a taped audition. Each year, only two bands are chosen to perform for the state music convention.
The band students had the opportunity to work with a number of special instructors and even paired with Staff Sergeant Patrick Morgan, Maryville High School graduate and member of the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band, for the selection “The Carnival of Venice.”
Among the instructors who led, assisted or advised the symphonic band were conductor Bill Burke, Tom DeLozier of Maryville High School as Assistant Conductor, clarinet instructor and guest conductor RoAnn Romines, student teachers Pam Klenna and Ally Thompson, and saxophone instructor Jay Romines.