Eight Collierville band students and one orchestra student were selected to perform in Tennessee’s All-State band clinic in Nashville last week, the highest honor a musical student can receive.  

James Barnes, director of bands for Collierville High School said, “It is an honor to have so many students qualify this year for this prestigious event.”

The band students representing Collierville for the All-State 11th and 12th grade band included Calvin Ault, Christian Williams, Mary K. Siqueira and Samantha Fong.  

The All-State 9th and 10th grade Collierville representatives were Lauren Bristol, Karis Ko, Chioma Azogini and Bella Holcomb.  Anna Hudson represented Collierville in the All-State orchestra.   

The highly-competitive auditions were held in January at the All-West band clinic. Students receiving top rankings from this clinic were chosen to perform in the All-State clinic.  

More than 1,500 band students across the state auditioned and only 42 out of 500 students in West Tennessee were selected. 

Each group, the 9th and 10th grade and the 11th and 12th grade All-State bands only have 126 members.

The All-State band clinic consisted of two days of rehearsals and intense clinics at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center and were led by distinguished conductors.  The event ended with some of the most outstanding performances in the state.  

“The experiences our students have during this three-day event are remarkable,” Barnes says, “working and playing alongside the best band and orchestra students in the state brings each musician to a new level. They truly have an unforgettable experience.”