By Mystie Johnson and Alex Rose
Every year in early December, a select group of students travel to audition in Charleston to play in the All-State Band. The audition process is rigorous, but if one can manage to earn a spot in the All-State Band, they will have the honor of playing among some of the best musicians in the state. Here at Nicholas County High School, auditioning for all-state is a prerequisite to even be considered for other honor bands, or to impress their family, students must learn pieces prior to audition day and also choose their own solo piece. Freshman Madison Deal described the day as “exhausting,” with her favorite part being trying crab Rangoon at the Chinese buffet after tryouts. Junior James Egnor told us that, while the day was tumultuous, “it gives us (young band kids) something to strive for.”
p.s. James played the wrong music, but he played it well, but his judge told him that it was great.