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Hartselle Enquirer

Hartselle students earn spots in All-State Band

By Staff Reports  

In recent district band auditions, three students in Hartselle demonstrated exceptional musical abilities, earning placements in esteemed ensembles. Elijah Gosnell, an 8th grader, Josie Rhone and Benjamin Marin, both sophomores, have each achieved recognition for their dedication and skill in their respective instruments. 

Gosnell has secured a position in the Junior High White Band, showcasing proficiency in the French Horn. Rhone has attained the third chair in the High School White Band, demonstrating excellence in flute and piccolo performance. Marin has achieved first chair in the district’s premier ensemble, the Red Band, for the second consecutive year, displaying exceptional talent in percussion. 

The audition process for the All-State Bands is rigorous and demanding, according to Hartselle High School band director Randall Key.  

“Wind instruments undergo a demanding audition procedure, which entails mastering 12 major scales, two minor scales and the chromatic scale. Successful completion of these scales grants students the opportunity to audition with two etudes—one technical and the other lyrical—followed by a sight-reading segment,” Key said. “Percussion instrument auditionees must also tackle the same scale requirements as wind instruments on a mallet instrument, in addition to performing an etude and sight-reading. Moreover, they must demonstrate proficiency in rudiments on the snare drum and exhibit timpani tuning skills, alongside an etude and sight-reading. Those chosen for All-State will audition again for chair placement within their respective bands through another audition process. 

Key said participation in the All-State Bands offers students opportunities for recognition and advancement in their musical pursuits. Colleges and universities often seek out participants, offering scholarships as acknowledgment of their talent and dedication. 

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