Six Eliot Students Chosen to Play in State Music Festival

posted Feb 28, 2012, 8:14 AM by Allison Friday   [ updated Feb 28, 2012, 12:16 PM ]

Eliot Band

For choral and band students in middle schools across Connecticut, being chosen to participate in the Connecticut Music Educators Association‘s Regional Middle School Music Festival is one of the highest honors the young musician can receive.

Band director Ross Tucker could not be more proud of the six Jared Eliot Middle School students chosen for the privilege of performing in the Southern Region Music Festival on March 3rd at the Lincoln Middle School in Meriden, CT.

Consistently (for the last ten years), since Mr. Tucker has been the Eliot band director, Eliot students have been chosen to play at this festival.

The festival is organized by music teachers who volunteer their time to provide an opportunity for the best middle school musicians in the area to perform together.  It features top instrumentalists and vocalists from over forty schools in Southern Connecticut.  More than three hundred students participate in the various groups (band, orchestra, chorus and jazz band).

The audition process is difficult.  Band students must memorize five major scales and the chromatic scale.  They must also play a selected prepared piece.  At the audition, students perform for a judge and get a score and comments on their performance.

Auditions were held in December at the Lincoln Middle School.

To prepare for the festival concert, students practice with all of the students selected on the Friday before the concert for four hours and then an additional four hour rehearsal Saturday morning before the concert.  It is amazing what these young musicians sound like after just two rehearsals!

The following Jared Eliot students were selected this year:  Alex Robison, Andrew Tessman, Kayla Burt, Miles Waterbury, Nick Zoner and Michael VanNess.