RANDOLPH, NJ- Three Randolph High School musicians have been selected to perform with the New Jersey All-State Band at its concert Saturday, February 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
RHS senior John Yager, a bass saxophone player, will play in the band's wind ensemble while junior Christopher Mantell, an alto saxophone player, and sophomore Andre Hance, who plays the mallets, will perform with the Symphonic Band.
"I am excited to learn more about music," Christopher Mantell said. "This experience will help me get to the next level and I will get to play with other high school students who share the same passion for music that I do."
The New Jersey All-State Band is a prestigious music ensemble comprised of the top high school band musicians in New Jersey. "Through a rigorous process of preparing a solo, major scales and developing sight reading skills, these students were first selected for region band," said Randolph High School Band Director Dawn Russo. "Students who make one of the three region bands in the state of New Jersey are then allowed to audition for the All-State Band."
This year about 580 students from across the state auditioned for the All-State Band with the top 160 students selected, including three from Randolph High School, Russo said. "The band staff at Randolph High School encourages our students to audition for honor bands outside the school. These outside experiences benefit both the student and the RHS band program."
The All-State Band musicians will spend a whirlwind few days rehearsing challenging music before performing a concert at NJPAC.