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After auditioning in May, Red Lion Junior Kevin Scheetz was accepted as a trombone player in the All National Concert Band.
The National In-Service Conference is a three day event in which top tier high school musicians perform as part of a massive orchestra, choir, band, or jazz band. Kevin auditioned and was successful in earning a spot in the National Band.
After three days of rehearsals, the four groups performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, a 90 year old venue normally occupied by legendary country artists.
“Seeing the other ensembles perform was unreal, it was hard to believe all of them were high school students,” Scheetz said.
He was also able to stay in the Opryland Hotel, “A town within a building,” as Scheetz described. The building covers roughly eight acres and includes rivers and actual buildings.
“The best experiences I had was meeting people, who are now my good friends, from all over the country, as well as making beautiful music with them on a level that is unmatched,” Scheetz said.
It is considered a high honor to be selected for this band, and Kevin was able to perform alongside very talented students, an experience few people can say they have.
“All in all it was an absolutely terrific experience and I loved every second of it,” Scheetz said.