Chipman Junior High School student Ethan Howard has been playing the trombone for five years, and for the last eight months, he practiced playing every day. “I made the All-State Symphonic Band last year and wanted to make sure I would make it again this year,” he said. “My private trombone teacher and my dad helped me to prepare for the audition.”
Howard’s practice paid off. He was notified in January that he had been selected to be a member of the California All-State Junior High Symphonic Band for the year 2016. “It feels great to get rewarded for all those months and years of hard work and practice,” said Howard.
Howard will participate in the All-State Honor Band at the California All-State Music Education Conference next month in San Jose. More than 1,800 students auditioned for positions in the ten different All-State band categories. Howard was one of 106 students who were selected to perform in the category of Symphonic for the junior high level.
“I’ve known since I was a little kid that I wanted to be involved in music,” he said. “I want music to always be a part of my life.”
The District congratulates Howard on his hard work and accomplishment.