NORMAN — A Noble High musician will travel to Tulsa to perform in a prestigious band.
Junior Melissa Rogers auditioned along with 100 area high school flute players for the Central Oklahoma Director’s Association (CODA) Honor Band and was seated as the first chair player in the wind ensemble — the top performing group. This honor and further auditions qualified her for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association All State Band.
It’s not easy to be accepted to the OMEA All State band. Competition was still tough for Rogers who auditioned with the top half of musicians from every district in the state. There were about 120 flute players who auditioned for state, Fred Queen, director of bands, said.
Of all students auditioning, only 19 are chosen. Of those, four go to orchestra, five to the wind ensemble and 10 to symphonic band. Rogers does not yet know which OMEA orchestra or band she will play in.
Queen said making the OMEA All State band is very prestigious.
“Just the fact of being in an all state organization usually translates into numerous in-state scholarships ‘just because,’” Queen said.
“It’s exciting,” Rogers said of being accepted. “I didn’t think I’d be able to make first chair. I wasn’t expecting that. I’ve worked really hard.”
Rogers plays in Noble High’s marching and concert bands. She plays flute and saxophone.
Expressing pride in his student, Queen said, “I can vouch she plays sax almost as well as she plays the flute.”
Rogers will pay at the OMEA annual convention at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Jan. 18, 2014.
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