GF, BV musicians qualify for All-State Music Conference
By Kelby Newcomb
Carroll County will have several young musicians attending the All-State Music Conference in Hot Springs this Thursday, Feb. 14, through Saturday, Feb. 16.
Berryville senior Alex Maldonado qualified for All-State Band, receiving fifth chair for trumpets in Second Band.
“I was hoping for First Band, but I had a bad audition,” he said. “What’s interesting, though, is I scored 200 points higher than last year. The girl in front of me beat me by decimals.”
He said it is still an honor to make All-State Band.
“Second Band is known for being more fun and less strict,” Maldonado said. “I’m excited about playing amazing music with kids as dedicated to perfection as I am.”
He said the All-State Music Conference is always a great experience, even beyond the music.
“There’s a lot of socializing,” he said, “and it’s great to start a new chapter with new people.”
Green Forest students Sam Holtkamp, Dustin Pimentel and Mya Galvan will be representing the school in the All- State Choir, and senior Elisha Piatt will be representing the school in the All-State Band.
Piatt received 15th chair for clarinets in First Band.
Holtkamp received fifth chair in the Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass (SATB) Choir. Dustin Pimentel received 16th chair in the SATB Choir, and Galvan received 48th chair in the Treble Choir.
The students said it is exciting to qualify for the All-State Music Conference.
“It was really nice,” Holtkamp said. “I didn’t really make it too far last year, and this year there was a big jump up to the top 10.”
“It was fun,” Pimentel said. “This is my third year getting to make it. I’m glad I was able to finish my senior year off with a bang.”
Piatt said qualifying felt amazing because she has auditioned for All-State Band three times in high school.
“I only made it this time,” she said. “Instead of making it into Second or Third Band, I jumped straight up to First Band.”
Galvan said she was pretty scared this year because she made All-State Choir as a freshman and was afraid she wouldn’t qualify again.
“I didn’t think I was going to do as well,” she said, “but I still made it this year so that was a good thing.”
Pimentel and Galvan said they are looking forward to returning to the conference.
“Before rehearsals and all that good stuff, they take us to this big room to meet with colleges,” Pimentel said.
“It’s like a convention kind of,” Galvan said.
“They introduce us to all the colleges,” Pimentel said. “There’s a lot of stuff to buy for band and choir, and you get to rehearse with all the other people who made All-State. It’s really fun.”
Holtkamp said he is looking forward to performing with great musicians from across the state.
“The food is always the best thing,” Pimentel said.
“The omelettes that guy makes are amazing,” Galvan said.
“They spoil us on these trips,” Pimentel said, laughing.
“I’m pretty excited we get to do stuff with the choir,” Galvan said. “It’s interesting and fun.”
“And we get to play some challenging music,” Piatt said.
Pimentel said the students also receive a ring for making All-State.
“They add a diamond for the second year,” he said. “If you make it all four years, they stack them. Mya is the only one who can do that since she made it as a freshman.”
“No pressure,” Galvan said, laughing.