• Feb. 23, 2024

    All-State Jazz EnsembleFour musicians named to PMEA ensembles

    Four Upper St. Clair High School musicians have earned recognition through the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

    Senior Gabe Pacella, who plays trumpet, has been named to the PMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble, set for April 17-19, 2024, in Erie. Gabe is the first Upper St. Clair student in several years to successfully audition for this All-State ensemble.

    In addition, three students successfully auditioned to participate in the PMEA Region 1 Band. Maria Khila, baritone saxophone; Carlee Santel, trumpet; and Lauren Tenney, clarinet, will represent Upper St. Clair at the event Feb. 22-24, 2024, at Deer Lakes High School.

    Region 1 BandStudents auditioned for the Region I Band during the PMEA District 1 Band Festival, which was held Jan. 11-13 at Peters Township High School. PMEA District 1 includes school districts from Allegheny, Fayette, Green, Washington and Westmoreland counties. PMEA Region 1 is comprised of PMEA District 1 and District 5, which includes Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties.

    PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of more than 4,500 members, 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. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education.