Eastern View High School student trumpeters and composers excel at state conference

CULPEPER STAR EXHIBITOR

The students of the Eastern View High School Orchestra recently enjoyed performing first with top young musicians from all over Virginia and also showcased their jazz compositions at a statewide festival.

Trumpeters Ian Larkin and Jonathan Tull, along with student composers Michael Hernandez and Jack Steisslinger, took part in the Virginia Music Educators Conference Nov. 17 in Richmond, EVHS band manager Adam Roach reported in a recent press release.

Larkin performed with the All-Virginia Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Longineu Parsons.

Tull was able to play with the All-Virginia Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Barry Long.

These bands feature the best high school jazz musicians from across the state, Roach said. The two students got the lead trumpet positions in their respective bands through an audition, the band director added.

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Additionally, musical compositions by Hernandez and Steisslinger have been featured at the VMEA Student Composition Festival.

Led by Dr. Brian Coffill, the Festival highlighted student musical compositions of all styles from across the state, Roach said.

Hernandez’s composition, “Dance of Flames”, was written for a full band.

Steisslinger’s composition, “Anger — The Second Stage of Grief”, was written for piano.

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