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Warwick Valley High School euphonist Clayton Thompson selected to perform in 2015 All-Eastern Honors Band Ensemble

on December 23, 2014

2015 All-Eastern Honors Ensembles to perform in April at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), has selected the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States to perform in the 2015 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles. Clayton Thompson, a junior in the WVHS Honors Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble, is among those selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Ensemble in April 2015.

With assistance from Warwick Valley High School music teacher and band director Chris Persad, Clayton will prepare remarkably challenging music that he will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in preparation for the performances on April 11 and April 12, 2015.

The NAfME All Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of the National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists; the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists; the treble voice chorus will have 120 vocalists; and the mixed chorus will have approximately 350 vocalists. Student participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAfME Eastern Division membership, with no state given less than two percent representation.

Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, PA, VT, Europe) oversee the selection process in their state during the spring and early fall of the year before the event, and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. The method used to compile the lists varies from state to state, although all recommended students must have participated (or will be participating in) their home all-state festivals.

The committee builds the ensembles from the state presidents’ ranked lists, with an attempt to mimic the state population percentages in each group. The jazz ensemble, due to its size and instrumentation, is formed to represent every state in the division.

The 2015 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Jazz Ensemble will perform on Sat., April 11, 2015, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The 2015 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Treble Voice Chorus and Mixed Chorus will perform for an audience of thousands on Sun., April 12, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., and the Band and Orchestra on April 12, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Both concerts will be at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island.

For program and ticket information, please visit www.nafme-eastern.org.

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