2024 District IV Honor Band

NCSS Students Selected for GMEA District IV Honor Band
Posted on 02/29/2024
honor band studentsNewton County School System (NCSS) was well represented at the recent Georgia Music Educator Association’s 2024 District IV Honor Band as over 27 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 Jason Smith, Secondary Music Content Lead for NCSS. “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,” he 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.

NCSS students selected for the 2024 Georgia Music Educators District IV Honor Bands include:

Honor Band Participants
 Deanna Aikens   Liberty Middle   Baritone   8
De'Anthony Brown   Liberty Middle   Baritone   8
Azaya Foster   Liberty Middle   Baritone   8
Brianna Maffett   Liberty Middle
Alto Saxophone   8
Elizabeth Mendez   Liberty Middle   Flute   8
Micah Osofisan   Liberty Middle   Tuba   8
Lauren Parsons   Liberty Middle   Trumpet   8
Gabriel Truitt   Liberty Middle   Trumpet   8
Skylar Marshall   Newton County STEAM Academy   Clarinet   8
Temi Sowole   Newton County STEAM Academy   Clarinet   8
Matthew Camba   Newton County STEAM Academy   Trumpet   8
Oliver Reid   Newton County STEAM Academy   Horn   8
Topher Camba   Eastside High   Baritone   10
Alex Johnson   Eastside High   Clarinet   10
Carley Polston   Eastside High   Clarinet   10
Fernando Potillo   Eastside High   Trombone   10
Katie Ryan   Eastside High   Trumpet   10
Evan Brunner   Newton High   Alto Saxophone   10
Xavier Delphin   Newton High   Trombone   10
Ian White   Eastside High   Clarinet   11
Victor Kirkland   Newton High   Bassoon   11
Hulet Neely   Newton High   Tenor Saxophone   11
Jaiden Cloud   Alcovy High   Clarinet   12
Jaffet Arrendondo Mendez   Alcovy High   Baritone   12
Kenzie Thompson   Eastside High   Percussion   12
Kai Lewis-Pousada   Newton High   Horn   12
Hailey Quinn   Newton High   Clarinet   12