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CHS junior 1 of 10 to perform with all-state percussion ensemble
Laura Lamb, mallets player, one of about 1,200 students statewide who auditioned for nearly 140 spots to perform
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By Calen McKinney
Campbellsville High School junior Laura Lamb is one of only 10 students in Kentucky who will perform with an all-state band this weekend.
In December, Lamb auditioned to perform with the KMEA all-state band.
Lamb, a mallets player, was one of about 1,200 students who auditioned for nearly 140 spots to perform.
In addition to performing with the all-state band last month, Lamb recently became the first student in the region to be asked to perform with the KMEA all-state percussion ensemble.
According to CHS Band Director Zach Shelton, Lamb is the first CHS student in about 20 years to be invited to play with the all-state band, which is the highest honor a high school band student can receive.
Shelton said Lamb's audition was one of the top 10 in the state, which means she was invited to perform with the percussion ensembles.
Lamb said the top three mallet players, the top six snare drum players and the top timpanist were invited to perform. She is one of the three mallet players.
"This is a big honor and a huge step for her," Shelton said. "She will be working with one of the best percussion instructors in the world.
"I am extremely proud of Laura. She was able to something that hasn't happened at CHS in two decades by making KMEA All-State Band."
Shelton said Lamb beat about 250 percussionists to win her spot with the all-state percussion ensemble.
"This is a first for our region," he said.
Lamb said the other percussionists are from schools in Louisville and Rowan County.
She will rehearse with the ensemble on Friday at University of Kentucky's Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. The ensemble will perform for the public at 1pmCT on Saturday.
"She will be working with premier percussion soloist Micheal Burrit from the Eastman School of Music [in New York]," Shelton said. "This percussion ensemble will allow Laura to explore the expanded percussion vocabulary that concert band music doesn't explore. This is exciting for me to watch Mr. Burrit work with students, and see how he creates more musicality within the percussion section."
Lamb said she is honored to perform with the ensemble, because it's something not all all-state band members get to do.
She said she didn't even know the all-state percussion ensemble existed, until she was told she was chosen for it.
"I was just trying to get in all-state," she said.
Working with Burritt, Lamb said, will be exciting, but also intimidating.
Lamb has already received the music the ensemble will play and has been practicing.
The ensemble performance is part of the Kentucky Percussive Arts Society's annual Day of Percussion on the UK campus.
Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the Singletary Center for the Arts box office.
Next month, Lamb has been asked to perform with a Campbellsville University percussion ensemble.
Lamb was a percussionist with the CHS Marching Band this season, which made the Top 10 at Class A semifinal competition for the first time in the last 15 years.
This story was posted on 2016-02-24 06:20:05
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