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Bay Youth Wind Ensemble selects four Eaton students for membership
The Bay Youth Wind Ensemble has selected four students from Eaton Fundamental Middle School to participate in their wind ensemble. Raina Taylor and Julia Wenzel, who play the trumpet, Makayla Smith, who plays the French horn, and Jada Anderson, who plays the alto saxophone, are the only students on the Peninsula who are members of this ensemble.
The students have made a great commitment with rehearsals every Tuesday evening. They will play their first concert on Nov. 8, playing in a side-by-side event with the Virginia Wind Symphony at Salem High School in Virginia Beach. Lisa Farrell, Eaton’s band director, is a percussionist with the Virginia Wind Symphony and will be performing with her students.
“I am extremely proud of these students for accepting a challenge like this,” said Farrell. “It is a wonderful opportunity for young musicians to work with students outside of their normal classrooms, be challenged with a variety of styles and difficulty of music and follow through with a commitment to weekly rehearsals. Their hard work and dedication is outstanding.”
Additional concerts are scheduled for Feb. 13 at Greenbrier Middle School and May 10 at the Wilder Performing Arts Center.
The Bay Youth Wind ensemble explores standard wind ensemble literature, with emphasis on improving ensemble skills, tone quality, technique and musicianship needed to prepare for advanced full orchestra positions and high school band programs. The wind ensemble is geared towards middle school students through rising ninth graders and is conducted by Michel Oare.
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