Claremore Daily Progress

March 14, 2013

CHS students Reynolds, Gunkel perform in all-state orchestra

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CLAREMORE — Two Claremore High School band students, senior Danielle Reynolds and senior Nick Gunkel recently earned spots in the 2013 OMEA All-State Orchestra. The clinic and concert was held last month at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.  Reynolds made fifth chair french horn and Gunkel made second chair trombone. 

The audition process for this honor band began in November at the NE All-District honor band tryouts in Broken Arrow. 
“Students who scored high enough, passed onto the second round auditions at Westmoore and immediately received their state audition music,” said Band Booster Membership Coordinator Debbie Gunkel. “The audition music is extrememly hard and it takes hours and hours of practice to achieve a chair in All-State orchestra.”
Gunkel said during the day of state auditions there were approximately 80 trombones and 80 french horns, the most from the entire state. After the two CHS students passed onto the third and final round, they received new music cuts and sight reading.
“Sight reading consists of a student having 30 seconds to study a randomly chosen music piece and then play it for the judges,” said Gunkel. 
A total of four trombones and eight French horns were chosen for the All-State orchestra. 
During the clinic, students practiced for the honors concert and visited exhibits at the Tulsa Convention Center. 
Exhibits consisted of colleges from across the state scouting to recruit band students for their school, said Gunkel. 
Dr. Robert Gardner from Penn State School of Music conducted the orchestra. Music selections for the concert were “Light Calvary Overture” by Franz von Suppe, “Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: II Allegretto” by Ludwig Van Beethoven and “Marche Slave, Op. 31 by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky.