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Kingman High sends large contingent to regional orchestra


The Kingman High School students who play an instrument and were selected to the Northwest Arizona Regional Orchestra are, from left: Back row, Sarah Joe, Wyatt Taylor, Cherry Niel, Elgin Arave and David Martinez; middle row, Sacha Kessler, Lily Rhoades, Madison Hart and Eric Corlis; front row, Victoria Villani, Ana Ruttschow and Christina Tatalovich. Not pictured are David Joe, Alie Rossi and Joseph Wisden.

KINGMAN - Kingman High junior and trumpet player Wyatt Taylor didn't let two years of being passed over for the Northwest Arizona Regional Orchestra stop him from auditioning for a third time this year.

His resiliency paid off. Taylor was one of 18 Kingman High School students to be selected to join the orchestra this year.

"Oh my God, it feels so great," Taylor said. "I was in shock when I found out."

Of the 40 band students who auditioned this year, 15 made it, said KHS Band Director Michael Schreiber. Three choir students and one alternate were selected as well.

The Kingman students left for Flagstaff Thursday for two days of rehearsal with other members of the orchestra in preparation for a performance Saturday.

The orchestra includes students from schools throughout northwest Arizona, and it's no easy task to be accepted.

Students must audition in front of judges who give them a score that decides whether they get in the group or don't, Schreiber said.

"It's very much an individual thing," he said. "It's all on them."

Last year, 10 students from Kingman High were selected.

Those selected for the regional orchestra have the option of auditioning for the All-State band.

"It's very hard to make All-State," Schreiber said.

Taylor had gotten used to not being selected, but he kept trying anyway.

"I pushed through, and I made it," he said.

Nerves got in the way of his auditions in the past, but not this year.

"I was more relaxed this year," he said. "I have more confidence."

Despite his confidence, he's still a little nervous about Saturday's show. Most of his nerves have to deal with the fact that he'll be practicing and performing with a lot of students he's never met. Nevertheless, he's ready.

Kingman High students often compete with bigger schools where there are more resources and more opportunity, Schreiber said. It says a lot about their ability when they compete and succeed, he added.
Your Kingman High members of the Northwest Arizona Regional Orchestra:

Madison Hart (oboe), Cherry Niel (bassoon), Lily Rhoades (bassoon), Ana Ruttschow (cello - the first string student from KHS to make it), Alie Rossi (soprano clarinet), Sacha Kessler (soprano clarinet), Victoria Villani (soprano clarinet), Sarah Joe (trumpet), Eric Corlis (percussion), Elgin Arave (treble clef euphonium), Joseph Wisden (percussion), David Martinez (trombone), Wyatt Taylor (trumpet), David Joe (alto saxophone - his fourth time being selected), Brittany Morgan (voice), Blake Leduc (voice), Brian Brewer (voice) and Jeremy Oscar (alternate voice).


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