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3/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman High senior David Joe again selected for All-State Band
David Joe
David Joe

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Lightning has struck twice for Kingman High Senior David Joe.

This is the second year Joe was picked, out of hundreds of Arizona students who audition, to play saxophone for the Arizona All-State Band.

In order to get into the band, students have to audition for and be accepted by their regional orchestra.

Joe was one of 40 students who auditioned for the Northwest Arizona Regional Orchestra this year. Eighteen of those students, including Joe, were picked to play in the Orchestra.

According to his Student Rotarian biography, this is the fourth year Joe has been picked to play in the orchestra.

Joe then had to audition again for one of the few alto saxophone seats in the All-State Band, which can be kind of nerve-wracking.

"Of course there's a lot of stress when you're auditioning. Everyone is really, really good," he said. "The last time I made it I didn't feel like I really belonged there. There's so many good people. It's a new, different level."

The audition music the students must play is challenging and requires a lot of practice, Joe said. "But it's very cool (music)."

Joe will head to Flagstaff April 18 to practice with his fellow All-State Band members for two days before performing in the All-State Festival of Performance on April 20 with the band and the All-State Concert Choir.

While music is certainly Joe's passion, it is not the only thing he excels at. The Kingman Rotary Club named him a student Rotarian this year.

He is also head drum major for the marching band, plays in the school jazz band, is co-captain of the soccer team, is the vice president of the National Honor Society, is a National Merit semi-finalist and volunteers at Kingman Regional Medical Center and his church.

Joe hasn't decided which college he wants to attend next year. He's not sure that he wants to pursue playing music as a career. He is considering studying music production and engineering.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Darrell and Teresa Wegsheid

Congratulations David! Your love for music and dedication have gotten you here! You are an inspiration!

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: KINGMAN HIGH ROCKS (and rolls)


Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Nay Mama

Congratulations to not only David Joe, but to the whole Joe family. I originally met the family while working in Youth Services at the Library in Kingman. He has grown up to be a great young man and I hope other teens look up to him and his sisters, whom are all incredible.

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Aiming At The Future

Congratulations David Joe! You are certainly a young person of action and accomplishment!

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Laurie Voss Barthlow

Great work from a talented and involved young man. The sky's the limit for you, Mr. Joe! Congratulations!

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