NEW PALESTINE — Participants for this year’s Indiana All-State High School Band festival have been announced, and for the second year in a row, New Palestine High School junior Emily Burden was selected.
Not only has Emily been selected as one of the best 175 high school musicians in the state, she’s also been chosen as one of the top 87 musicians who will play in the Indiana All-State Honor Band.
“You try out just once in an audition, and they select who they want for the honors band,” Emily said. “It was exciting to hear I had made the honors band.”
What makes her selection by the Indiana Bandmasters Association even more special is that, in her estimation, she didn’t have the greatest audition.
“Last year, I didn’t really have a great audition, but I’m really critical on myself, and while this year’s audition was better, there were still things that happen when you audition that never happen when you’re just playing,” she said.
The highly competitive auditions took place in January at nine locations throughout the state. More than 750 musicians took part.
The top 175 students were selected from 55 high schools around the state. Eighty-seven students, including Emily, were chosen for the honors band.