Jacob Smith makes it into All-State

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by Junior Gonzalez

 

Ever wondered what it’s like to make it into all-state for something? Probably not. Jacob Smith does though! There’s four levels to the whole thing starting with all-region, then all-district, junior all-state, and finally all-state. He auditioned for band all-state with his baritone and got in. 

In order to even audition you gotta pay up. It’s $195 per student and the auditions took place on January 12th at 1:00PM. High school students from all over the state audition, and once you get selected into all-state you’re expected to perform at the All-State Band Festival. 

 “It feels like an honor, deeply humbling,” said Smith. “I’ve been playing the baritone since 6th grade.”          Looks like all of the practice paid off. However he didn’t really know what he was going into exactly. “I didn’t know what to expect,” said Smith. 

 What exactly happened in  auditions you might ask. 

 “You play chromatic scales and do sight reading,” said Smith. 

   Sight reading is playing music placed in front of you without you having seen it prior, and a chromatic scale is a musical scale with twelve pitches. 

   Smith is involved in many music related activities. Such as marching band, wind ensemble, advanced jazz, symphonic orchestra, and red wire jazz. 

   One of his band instructors had this to say. 

   “It’s a great honor, it means he’s one of the top eight kids in the state who play that instrument,” said Mr. Cox.  “He’s a hard worker, I think it’ll be good for him to be around others who work hard like him.” 

  Smith was the only band member from Goshen High School to audition.

   “I wish more kids would do it, so many kids put off that kind of stuff,” said Mr. Cox

  C’mon band people audition next time! Maybe we’ll have more than just one student make it. You never know if you don’t try. 

  

Jake Smith poses for a picture in front of the main doors at GHS February 28

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