Four Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School students from the school's music department have been selected from thousands of candidates to participate in the fourth John Philip Sousa National Honor Bands - New England Region on Apr. 19-21 in Harvard, MA.
Eighth graders Trevor Campbell (Tenor Saxophone), John Palmer (Trumpet), Richard Vaughn (Trombone) and Stavros Zaraokostas (Baritone Saxophone) were nominated for the honor by their band director, Anthony Costa who sent in bios and accolades for each student to put them in the running.
"I nominate kids based on their ability to be prepared when they go to rehearsals, take the opportunity seriously and know how to represent their school," said Costa.
The three-day festival hosted at The Bromfield School in Harvard, is open to the most outstanding woodwind, brass and percussion players from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont in grades 7-12. Over 1,200 schools in the six-state region were mailed invitations to recommend students for the special event.
Of all the nominations received, approximately 250 students were selected to take part in the prestigious event.
Over the course of three days, the students will have the opportunity to further develop their musical and performance skills, participate in instrumental clinics and rehearsals and meet fellow musicians from other schools. On Apr. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Richard Cronin Memorial Auditorium at Bromfield School, they will participate in a concert conducted by Fran Shelton, a Band Director at Hendersonville High School in North Carolina who holds membership in multiple band director associations.
"It's a nice honor for the kids and a really good experience," said Costa.