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Ramapo Junior Selected for Prestigious Performance Squad

Kevin Ayres will perform in April at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Ramapo High School Junior Kevin Ayres has beens selected to be part of the prestigious 2013 National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Ensembles.

The NAfME group will perform at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford, Conn., in April.

Ayres, who plays French horn, will be one of approximately 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the eastern region of the United States selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Band.

Over the next several months he and Ramapo Band Director Jacqueline Sarracco will prepare challenging music to be performed under the leadership of prominent conductors at the biennial event.

Eventually, students will spend three days rehearsing with one of four conductors during the Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education in preparation for performances on April 7.

The NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles consists of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus, and jazz ensemble. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately one hundred fifty instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have twenty instrumentalists, the treble voice chorus will have one hundred twenty vocalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately three hundred fifty vocalists.

Student participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAfME Eastern Division membership, with no state given less than two percent representation.

For program and ticket information visit www.nafme-eastern.org.

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