Two Lincoln County High School band students were among only nine selected from the state of Tennessee to participate in the annual Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Clinic held at the University of North Carolina Greensboro on the third weekend of February each year.
In January, four LCHS students submitted recordings and applications for admission consideration, according to Johnathan Johnson, LCHS band director.
“The clinic reviews hundreds of recordings and applications from across the United States but primarily in the surrounding five state area,” Johnson explained. “Of the hundreds of applicants, only nine were accepted from the state of Tennessee this year.”
The two LCHS students are Kanin Corbin, a sophomore horn player, and Michael Morales, ninth grade percussion.
“Lincoln County also had two more students submit recordings and earn an alternate chair,” Johnson added. “This means if another student is unable to attend, these students will go in their place.”
The two alternates are Barbie Haley, junior trumpet, and Aaron Osborne, ninth grade percussion.
Additionally, Johnson will attend a three-day conductors’ clinic with widely respected and prominent conductors during the same weekend at UNCG.
“I would like to thank Lincoln County Department of Education for their overwhelming support for the students and the band program and ensuring these students are able to attend,” Johnson said.
“This support means students are able to enrich and further their education in many different facets. This will not only give these students knowledge, tools and perspectives to bring back into the classroom and share with the student body but will also greatly enhance my ability to become a more effective director, conductor and teacher.”