Local students win top honors, including one to perform virtually January 22-24 | Local News

SHERIDAN — By now, Sheridan High School students Ryan Bosley and Keaton Phipps are used to altering COVID-19 plans and reducing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to virtual versions.

The most recent experience for the two seniors included the first opportunity for students to compete in national honor sets. Bosley earned trombone 1 for the All-National Concert Band, while Phipps earned first alternate French horn for the All-National Concert Band or Symphony Orchestra. The two young men had originally planned a trip to San Diego, Calif., this month, with Phipps not attending unless a space becomes vacant but still able to attend as a back-up.

Now, Phipps will not participate at all and Bosley will virtually compete at All-National with other select musicians nationwide.

While honor band and orchestra opportunities aren’t new for musicians, this was the first year a high school teacher offered the opportunity to try out All-National bands.

“We wouldn’t even have heard of the All-Nationals without (Chad) Rose telling us about it,” Phipps said. “Rose invited us to audition for it. That’s probably the main reason we were able to do it.

The boys have both participated in honor bands and orchestras in every district in every state over the years, but weren’t sure how many attended when asked to count them, saying that it depended on COVID-19 protocols that had canceled events for the past two years. school years. A more unique opportunity – the National Association for Music Education, Northwest Division – hosted the two along with other musical peers from SHS, but COVID-19 kicked in again and organizers canceled the event. .

“(The coronavirus) happened just before we left,” Phipps said. “It was planned to be in Washington.”

While unable to attend in person, Bosley remains optimistic about working with a talented team of conductors and other musical peers across the country.

“It’s really a great honor, and it’s nice to be able to play music with these people,” Bosley said. “It would have been great to go there in person. It’s still great to be able to do it; I’m glad they didn’t cancel it.

The boys credit new teacher and music director Chad Rose for connecting them with new opportunities, as well as athletic trainers allowing them time off from practice to audition and prepare. Rose praised the students for their hard work at a meeting of the Sheridan County School District 2 Board of Trustees in December, which took time to recognize the Broncs’ accomplishments. Rose shared his experience with All-National – having encouraged students from previous districts to try out – and students he taught who were selected in previous years played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and the Gaylord Resort in Dallas, Texas.

“During the 2020-2021 school year, talented music students across the United States and abroad at military base schools have been training diligently to earn a pulpit or be part of their ensembles. local, district and state music honor,” Rose explained. “And of the most elite high school musicians who were accepted into their district or into all-state music bands, 550 of them — the ‘best of the best’ — were selected for honor bands. National Association for Music Education 2022 Awards. ”

Bosley and Phipps, while unable to participate in person, remain busy with other musical activities in SHS classes and collaborative community groups under the direction of Sheridan College professor Eric Richards, among other opportunities.

Bosley will participate in the virtual event from January 22-24.

Ashleigh Snoozy joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as a reporter before taking on the role of editor in November 2018. She is originally from Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles.

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