• March 28, 2023

    Four named to All-State Band

    PMEA All-State BandFour Upper St. Clair High School musicians successfully auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Band. Representing Upper St. Clair will be Isaac Bernstein, percussion; Gabe Pacella, trumpet; Lauren Tenney, clarinet; and Ben Wasson, trombone.

    The competitive auditions were held during the Region 1 Band Festival on March 23, at Butler Intermediate High School. PMEA Region 1 is comprised of PMEA District 1 and District 5, which includes Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Green, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

    The Upper St. Clair High School students are led by Dr. John Seybert, performing arts curriculum leader and director of high school bands.

    Each year, thousands of high school musicians across the commonwealth audition in their geographic area. Individually, students perform for a panel of judges. Student musicians who rank the highest advance to compete against student musicians from other parts of PMEA regions. The highest-ranking student musicians at the PMEA region level qualify to perform in one of six Pennsylvania All-State music ensembles.

    The PMEA All-State Festival will be held April 19-22, 2023, at the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. The All-State ensembles, directed by nationally recognized conductors, will rehearse for two days and conclude with a performance. All-State Ensembles include jazz and vocal jazz, chorus, concert band, orchestra and wind ensembles. Learn more about the event and the guest conductors at: https://www.pmea.net/pmeaall-stateinformation/.

    PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. For more information about PMEA visit www.pmea.net.