Sophomore Hayden Douglass has accomplished something usually reserved for upper classmen. He’s played his way into the All-National Honor Ensemble Concert Band.
A French horn player, Hayden practiced with dedication to earn his chair in this highly coveted honor band. He is one of only two students from the Sacramento area to be chosen. He’ll be playing with the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensemble on November 13 during NAfME’s National In-Service Conference in Texas.
“I am very excited to be able to represent Rocklin High School in Texas. This is a great opportunity to learn from other musicians and conductors from all over the U.S.,” said Hayden.
Hayden has been playing French horn for four years. Musical talent runs in the family. His father Thomas is the Musical Director at Rocklin High. A multi-talented musician, Hayden plays French horn with the Rocklin High Symphonic Band and Symphonic Orchestra, Trumpet with the school’s Jazz Band and Mellophone with the Marching and Pep Bands.
NAfME’s All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through a rigorous audition process. Eligible students had to qualify for their state-level honor ensemble program and compete against top students to earn their spot in the national honor ensemble. Hayden will be playing with 150 other students from throughout the United States.
Selected students are currently rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of one of the most prominent conductors in the United States, Dr. Paula Crider Professor Emerita at the University of Texas.
Find out more about NAfME here: http://bit.ly/2016ANHE