Seventeen Thomas County Central High School musicians are named to the Georgia Music Educators Association 2019 Region Honor Bands.
“Students make this band based on their all-state audition at the beginning of January,” TCCHS Assistant Bands Director Paul Johns said. “Region band consists of students with the highest all-state scores in all of South Georgia.”
Youth performers named to the 9th/10th Region Honor Band are Megan Clark, Kariana Colon, Karsyn Bush, Taylor Stegall, Joshua Sharpe, Brandon Allen and Caroline Daughtry.
Alto saxophone player Joshua Sharpe is excited to attend his first region band event.
“You learn a lot in a short period of time,” he said. “I hope to improve my skills of listening throughout the ensemble.”
Clarinetist Taylor Stegall is ecstatic to make the band.
“It gives me a chance to be in a place where I can earn a higher standard,” she said. “I want to be a part of this band because I want to prove what all I can do. I hope to become a better musician through this experience.”
Performing with the 11th/12th Region Honor Band will be Eric Webb (first chair – principal player), Isabel Merritt, Chelsey Lawler, Lauren McGuire, Will Baillargeon, Meredith Hurst, Joshua Stephens, Michelle Cumbest (first chair – principal player), Caleb Moore (first chair – principal player) and Tommy Piland.
"I'm very excited to be a part of region honor band this year,” tuba player Tommy Piland said. “I'm glad my hard work paid off. I hope to learn a lot from this event.”
Region is scheduled for April 4-6 in Warner Robins.
“I am extremely proud of all the students who made the region band and all those who auditioned,” Johns said. “To audition at such a high level and be successful is a testament to their hard work and persistence.”