2023 District 4 Honor Band

NCSS Students Selected for GMEA District IV Honor Band
Posted on 03/03/2023
district four honor bandNewton County School System (NCSS) was well represented at the recent Georgia Music Educator Association’s 2023 District IV Honor Band as over 25 NCSS middle and high school students were selected to perform in the prestigious event.

“Students earning a place in this ensemble are among the most accomplished instrumentalists in our district,” said Newton High School band director Jason Smith. “They earned the opportunity to prepare selections for a concert and work with accomplished clinicians from across the country. In addition, they were given the chance to perform alongside students from several other school districts.”

According to Smith, the students auditioned for the District IV Honor Band in December.

“The middle school students were required to play four major scales, their chromatic scale, and an etude,” Smith explained. “They also had to sight-read a new piece of music. High school freshmen and sophomores had to play eight major scales, their chromatic scales, and a challenging sight-reading. Juniors and seniors performed 12 major scales plus a more challenging etude and sight-reading pieces.”

Smith added that participating in the Honor Band provides students an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as musicians and prepare for college auditions. “I always encourage students to audition for District Honor Band and All-State because it mirrors the audition process for a band scholarship. I tell me students the first time you do an audition should not be when you have thousands of dollars on the line. Get used to the process so you are more comfortable in an audition when it matters the most.”

NCSS students selected for the 2023 Georgia Music Educators District IV Honor Bands include:
District IV Honor Band Participants
Nylah King   Clements Middle   Trumpet   8
Jimmy Thomas   Indian Creek Middle   Tuba   8
Lauren Parson   Liberty Middle   Trumpet   7
Gabriel Truitt   Liberty Middle   Trumpet   7
Deanna Aikens   Liberty Middle   Baritone   7
Chloe Blackwood   Liberty Middle   Trumpet   8
Madeline Malone   Liberty Middle   Clarinet   8
Oliver Reid   Newton County Theme School   French Horn   7
Temi Sowole   Newton County Theme School   Clarinet   7
Will Pope   Newton County Theme School   Alto Saxophone   8
Viksar Vittal   Newton County Theme School   Flute   8
Yakari Bryant   Alcovy High   Alto and Tenor Saxophone   10
Ayden Lipscomb   Alcovy High   ALto Saxophone   10
Darius Gowans   Alcovy High   Trumpet   9
Diamond Weaver   Alcovy High   Trombone   12
Ausjah Willis   Alcovy High   Baritone   12
Ian White   Eastside High   Clarinet   10
Callum Cates   Eastside High   Clarinet   10
Anyah Dawson   Eastside High   Clarinet   12
Kenneth Fray    Eastside High   Clarinet   12
Dakota Cooper   Eastside High   Clarinet   12
Evan Brunner   Newton High   Alto Saxophone   9
Xavier Delphin   Newton High   Trombone   9
Hulet Neely   Newton High   Tenor Saxophone   10
Ja'Briel Anderson   Newton High   Tuba   12
Justin Doepke   Newton High   Trombone   12