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Moyers’ talent, love of music lead to national honors

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:03 am

Kayla Moyers, formerly of Fayetteville, now a student at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Ala., has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Band sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.

Kayla will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on Oct. 30 in Nashville, where she will perform with her flute.

These exceptional students will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth and Rodney Whitaker.

Members of the National Association of Music Education organize the NAFME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus and jazz ensemble, for music education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

The 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles will perform for an audience of thousands on Oct. 30 in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

In addition, Kayla, a piccolo player for the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, was chosen with two other students to participate in the Auburn Marching Honor Band on Sept. 7.

Kayla is the daughter of Brian and Benita (Baker) Moyers formerly of Fayetteville Grandparents are Ronald and Darlene Moyers, Alexa Baker and the former Vernon Baker. She has a younger sister, Hannah, who also plays clarinet for Buckhorn Band.

Kayla plays the flute, piccolo, mellophone, violin and piano. She is an advanced placement student at Buckhorn High, where she participates in the marching, concert and jazz bands.

Additionally, Kayla was also just recently chosen to be the only piccolo player for the 2013-14 in the Huntsville Youth orchestra. She has attended two Alabama All-State Festivals, the Montevallo Honor Band, the UNA Honor Band, the UAH Honor Band, and, most recently, the Auburn Marching Honor Band with her mellophone. With her violin, she has attended three Alabama Honors Strings Festival at the University of Alabama.

As an elementary student she danced for several years with Backstage Dance Studio. She later danced with the Dance Depot in Fayetteville before moving to the Huntsville Community Ballet where she performed for two years in the Nutcracker.

“She would look over the music pit during rehearsals and point to the flute, saying she wanted to play, ‘one of those’, when she got older,” recalls her mother. “As soon as she could enter band in middle school, she immediately tried out – with two broken wrists from an accident – and took off from there.

“Music is her passion,” her mother added. “If she’s not studying, she is often practicing one of her instruments. Her dream is to become a music major and bring the joy of music to others through music education as well as continuing to play for an orchestra or through another musical venue.”