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Nicholas County Instrumentalists perform at Millersburg Bazaar
By Ross Haney
As a smaller community than Carlisle, Millersburg lacks some of the luxuries that we take for granted here in our town. They don’t have an established school, and that leaves them forced to live without some wanted extravagances. We sometimes take for granted that we have sports teams, a band, and school organizations that play a part in our daily lives in Carlisle. So on Saturday Nov. 30, nine instrumentalists from Nicholas County traveled to Millersburg for the second annual Millersburg Bazaar and Chili Supper hosted by the Millersburg Fire Department to spread some holiday joy through music to all present.
The Millersburg populace loved the small Christmas chamber ensemble, as they do not have a high school band like we do. Most had never thought about their town having a band – even a very small one – perform at a community event. It was sort of like Carlisle was giving Millersburg a small gift.
To wrap up the night, the instrumentalists of the small chamber group were paid in a good bowl of chili.
It was great that we could share some of the good things that we have here with those who don’t have those treats.
Tincher, Walden, and Haney make All-District Band
by Ross Haney
On Thursday Nov. 7, seven students from the Nicholas County High School Band traveled to Rowan County High School to audition for a spot in the District 8 All-District Band. All these students represented their band well, with three of them ranking superior in their district.
There are three portions of the audition process: scales, prepared pieces, and sight reading. Students are asked to memorize six different scales beforehand, and then are asked to perform three of them, randomly chosen. They are then asked to play two pieces that they have previously prepared. Then they are given a piece of music that they have never seen before, and are asked to play it with only a minute to study. Although the auditions are blind, and the judge cannot see the student that is playing, it is still an extremely nerve-wracking process for anyone.
Kacie Tincher (freshman, clarinet) did not feel great about her audition, and was a little upset coming out of her audition sight. But she must have been her worst critic – she was placed sixth chair in the all-district band.
After his audition, Dawson Walden (freshman, saxophone) felt uneasy about his performance. He said that he had failed to play some of his scales up to par, and was slightly disappointed. However, Walden’s audition landed him sixth chair in the all-district band.
Ross Haney (junior, tuba) was a little distraught about his performance in front of the judge. He felt that he did well, but not as well as he could have. Haney was ranked second tuba among the district.
These students will move on to play in the District 8 All-District Band early next year in Morehead State University’s Button Auditorium. They will perform under a guest conductor with students from all over their district. The all-district band is a great learning experience for all involved. Music techniques and methods are developed and lessons are learned that students can take back to their home band.
The Carlisle Courier would like to congratulate all of the students that auditioned on a job well done, no matter the outcome.