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Trimble County High School junior bandsman Christian Apel has qualified for the prestigious honor of representing TCHS in the All-State Concert Band. Elite instrumentalists from around the Commonwealth were selected for the honor during a rigorous series of auditions by the Kentucky Music Educators Association.
“Christian is a junior clarinet player in the band program,” Trimble County Band Director Matthew Leedy said. “He is first chair of his section and has been for the past five years.”
The KMEA All State Band is an elite group made up of the best high school musicians from across the state, Leedy said. Students are selected via audition on tough music. Students who make it into this band usually get attention from colleges.
“I really want to thank Mr. Matt Leedy for all he has done in helping me advance to this point,” Apel said after learning of his selection. “Through his and my family’s support, I have learned to love music and the joy of playing. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Trimble County and play in the All-State Band!”
Christian “is a fantastic worker and musician,” Leedy said. “He is a GREAT representative of our band, school, and community.”
“The Kentucky All-State ensembles will showcase the finest student talent in the state, and these students will have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized clinicians as they prepare their performances,” said David Dunavent, KMEA President.
The All-State Concert band will present a concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, during the KMEA Professional Development Conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.