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Bulldog Brigade members honored at district festival

More than 20 Thomson High School students were recognized this past weekend during the Georgia Music Educator's District 10 Honor Band Auditions.

Bulldog Brigade Director Jessie Morlan said among the hundreds of students from across the CSRA, 12 THS students were selected for placement and another five were honored as alternates. Also, five local students earned all-state level.

Mr. Morlan said the youngsters spent months preparing for this audition which involved playing 12 major scales, the chromatic scale, sight reading and a prepared musical composition if they went out for all-state level competition.

Selected members from the 11th and 12th grade symphonic band were Christian Morris (Second Chair Bass Clarinet), Orion Palmer (Fourth Chair Clarinet), Luke Kellogg (Fifth Chair Clarinet), Kalyn Kitchings (Second Chair Tenor Sax), Orion Palmer (First Chair Bari Sax), Amanda Davis (Second Chair Horn), Ryan Cook (Fourth Chair Tuba) and Jacob Powers (Aux Percussion).

Alternates were Jessica McCollum (Third Alternate Clarinet), Hollie Crawley (Fourth Alternate Clarinet) and Olivia Jones (First Alternate Alto Sax).

From the 9th and 10th Grade Concert Band, Jessica Harris (12th Chair Clarinet), Josh Unoker (Second Chair Tenor Sax), Andrea Culpepper (14th Chair Trumpet) and Tim Pounds (First Chair Trombone) were selected.

Alternates were Kim Cujas (First Alternate Flute) and Kevin Keister (Second Alternate Baritone).

Qualifying for the all-state level audition were Orion Palmer, Tim Pounds, Amanda Davis and Luke Kellogg.

Mr. Morlan credited Emmie Hines for coordinating and running one of the best Georgia Music Educators Association functions he had attended.

Web posted on Thursday, December 14, 2006

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