Three RCS High School students performed in concert with the area’s most prestigious professional wind and percussion ensemble, the Capital Region Wind Ensemble. On Sunday, March, 24, senior Kaylee Eacho (flute) and sophomores Jared Lamson (clarinet) and Tyler Levine (trumpet) took to the stage in the Carl Taylor Auditorium of Schenectady County Community College to play with the ensemble. The trio were three of just 25 capital region high school students selected to rehearse and perform.
The students prepared over the course of three weekends in March, participating in private lessons, group sectionals and full ensemble rehearsals. Eacho, Lamson and Levine also honed their skills during master classes led by professional performing members of the ensemble, many of whom additionally teach music performance at the collegiate level. Their experience culminated in a public performance of Vincent Persichetti’s Symphony for Band, one of the most famous and challenging pieces in the concert band repertoire.
John Fatuzzo, RCS High School band director and a trumpeter in the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, was proud of his students’ commitment to high-level music making.
“Our students absorbed exceptionally valuable skills as ensemble musicians by performing with such a high-level group,” Fatuzzo said. “We look forward to them sharing their newly learned and developed knowledge with their classmates at RCS.”
Student-musicians have many outlets at RCS, from classroom curriculum to active participation in award-winning instrumental and choral ensembles. The RCS music department was recently nationally-recognized as a “Best Community for Music Education” by the National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM) this month.