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All-State Band Stars Play the High Notes

By Staff | Dec 7, 2016

All State Band stars Justin Phillips and Jenny Lynch

By MILES LAYTON

Editor

SISTERSVILLE – Two Silver Knights Band and one Wildcats members have been selected as members of the 2017 West Virginia All-State Band.

TCHS’ Band Director Matt Jennings is proud to announce that Jenny Lynch, selected to play Bass Clarinet and Justin Philips, selected on tuba have been chosen to be a part of this very elite group of musicians.

PCHS’ Band Director Deb Price said Isaac Price, a junior, was also named as a member of the All-State band.

After five months of rigorous practice and private lessons, Philips and Lynch, both seniors at Tyler Consolidated High School auditioned for this prestigious band at West Virginia University on November 22nd. They were selected from a field of nearly 500 students from around our state for membership. They will join 105 other high school students in Charleston on March 2nd as part of the West Virginia Music Educators Associations state conference. Their concert will be performed in the Charleston Municipal Auditorium on March 4th. The guest conductor for this year will be Mr. Steve Barnett, former director of bands at Marshall University.

“This is the first time in a while that Tyler has had two kids in the all-state band,” Jennings said.

Virtuosos? Lynch just picked up bass clarinet this summer and Justin has played tuba less than two years. Lynch is the daughter of Barbara and Mike Lynch of Sistersville.

“I am honored to be in the All-State Band,” Lynch said. “I am looking forward to getting involved with other musicians my age.”

Philips is the son of Amy Huggins of Sistersville.

“I feel very honored to be a part of the All State Band,” he said. “Few are able to audition, and fewer actually make it. The fact that I was selected makes me feel extremely proud of myself. Thanks to the guidance of my band director Matt Jennings, private tutors and my peers, I was able to be accepted. Thanks to all who helped me out, I really appreciate it.”

Price is a very talented musician who plays trombone in marching band, piano in jazz band, French horn in concert band, and trumpet in Pep band. He is also a fine actor in the local thespian troupe. This will be his second year as a member of the All-State Band.

” I tried my best, and the hard work paid off,” he said.

Last note, TCMS Band Christmas Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the auditorium at Tyler Consolidated.