Band Student Participates in NAfME All-National Honors Ensemble

Photo is from summer marching band rehearsal.

Congratulations to Nick Schnitzsphan for being selected to participate in the NAfME All-National Honors Ensemble!  Nick has shared his experience with us below…

“Over this past weekend I participated in the first ever virtual NAfME All-National Honors Ensemble event that features the top musicians from high schools across the country. In a normal year, this event would have taken place in Orlando, but due to the unprecedented nature of the Coronavirus, it was held online over Zoom and WebinarJam. As a trumpet player in the All-National Concert Band, I had the opportunity to learn more about our pieces and some strategies for future rehearsals and performances from our ensemble conductor, Dr. Rodney Dorsey (Professor of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music), take a group lesson to learn more about practice techniques and the best approaches to playing trumpet with Dr. Pancho Romero (Professor of Music at New Mexico State University), participate in a webinar with the world renown Canadian Brass, and meet some fantastic musicians that are even better people! I first heard of the event through two friends that sat on either side of me in the OMEA All-State Band last year, and knew that it would be a challenge, but I should give it a shot- and it’s been so rewarding! Our final recording of our performance will be aired during NAfME’s Music In Our Schools Month in March, I’m so happy to have been a part of the program this year.