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Summerville High School band members prepare for All-State

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Summerville High School band members prepare for All-State

A Summerville band member plays a t a football game.

A Summerville band member plays a t a football game.

Eve Katz

A Summerville band member plays a t a football game.

Eve Katz

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A Summerville band member plays a t a football game.

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All-State band auditions are coming up, and lots of band students are preparing for it.

All-State band is the second tier of the Region Band. After the auditions, students will get their results; if it they do well enough, they will be called back for the All-State auditions.

Auditions for Region Band and All-State are not in fact that different, with the only differences being there is a seperate ending in the required etude/solo, and harder sight reading pieces. Region 6, the region in the northern part of South Carolina, unfortunately had their auditions postponed to this weekend due to winter weather conditions. Due to this, students of all regions have had their scores held, so All-State auditions have also been postponed. This gives students who think they made a callback more time to prepare, though.

“[Yes there is more pressure on students], seeing as there’s a lot more time than usual. More time equals more pressure,” said Mr. Gilreath, director of bands at Summerville High School.

A band student who made an All-State callback has a similar thought.

“I’ve had a lot more time to prepare for [All-State], but I feel like I may have a larger chance of making a mistake because of it,” said Jena Rehrig, sophomore and Clarinet player.

Preparation time is one thing that gives Region 6 an advantage, seeing as they have had a full two weeks of extended preparation time for Region Band. This could be considered a trade-off, as now they only have one week to prepare for All-State, while all the other regions have 3 weeks. Overall, Regions 1 through 5 have had to wait longer to see their scores from Region Band auditions, but more All-State preparation time, while Region 6 has more time to focus on Region Band, but less time to get ready for All-State.

“I don’t think the competition as increased,” said Mr. Gilreath, “We have had the same A and B endings on the solo for the same amount of time and subsequently practiced them the same amount of time. I think it would be even for all regions in terms of trade offs.”

A big problem for students is that they don’t know if they need to practice for All-State or not. They are made to assume that they got a callback for All-State and to practice for it, even if they may not have. Either they practice a lot for All-State, only to find out they didn’t make a callback and wasted their time, or they didn’t practice for it thinking they didn’t make it, and later realize that they did make a callback and are incredibly unprepared.

All-State auditions are this Saturday, and getting into the band is a big deal. Not only does it show the skills of a young musician, but it also shows school spirit and represents the school in a multitude of ways. In addition, the experience is influential, supportive, and not to mention very fun.

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Alexander Norwood, also known as Xander, is a 14 year old Freshman at Summerville High School and in the Class of 2022. This year is Xander’s first year...

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