• May 13, 2024

    Junior advances to All-Eastern Honors Band

    Carlee Santel An Upper St. Clair High School trumpet player was named first-chair at the Pennsylvania Music Education Association’s All-State Festival. Junior Carlee Santel now advances to the 2025 All-Eastern Honors Band, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

    In addition to participating in the high school's band, Carlee was recently inducted into the National Honor Society and performed in the ensemble for the high school’s recent production of “Newsies.” In addition, she is involved with Melody for the Elderly, a musical club at USCHS that rehearses different pieces, and plays at nursing homes and senior living facilities.

    NAfME’s Eastern Region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont as well as Washington, D.C. and Department of Defense schools in Europe.

    All-East Ensembles – which include a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble chorus, jazz ensemble and modern band – are organized by members of the NAfME. Student participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAfME Eastern Division membership, with no state given less than two percent representation.

    Each of the state music educators’ associations within the Eastern Division oversee the selection process in its respective state during the spring and early fall of the year before the event and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. The method used to compile the lists varies from state to state, although all recommended students must have participated or will be participating in their home all-state festivals.

    The 2025 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles will perform during the 2025 NAfME Eastern Division Conference, which is set for April 24-27, 2025, in Hartford, Connecticut. For more information, visit www.nafme-eastern.org.