Jessica Cejnar / Wednesday, Jan. 6 @ 12:11 p.m. / Arts, Community
After Distinguishing Himself At The Regional and State Levels, Del Norte High School Music Student Will Participate In National Honors Ensemble
Spending the last four years earning a place in regional and state honors programs, Andre Pamplona Da Silva will be the first Del Norte High School student to participate in the All-National Honor Ensembles.
Pamplona Da Silva will take part in the National Association for Music Education 2020 All-National Ensembles virtual event Friday and Saturday, according to a NAfME news release. The event will include rehearsals and workshops culminating in a final recorded performance that will premier in March during the association's Music In Our Schools event.
"All-National Honor Ensembles is as high as you can get," DNHS music teacher Dan Sedgwick said in a written statement. "Current limitations to live music has not stifled his drive to push himself."
Throughout his high school career, Pamplona Da Silva has participated in several honor ensembles associated with the Northern California Band and Choir Directors Association, the California Choral Directors Association and the California Orchestra Directors ASsociation, according to Sedgwick.
Pamplona Da Silva has also been accepted into the California Alliance for Jazz's 15-member All-State Jazz Choir, according to Sedgwick.
"He has already been accepted into the Berklee College of Music in Boston," Sedgwick said. "In music classes at DNHS, he is a leader and pretty much does everything he can to help, teach and foster other students in their musical journey."
The All-National Honor Ensembles includes a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz and guitar ensembles and a modern band. Students auditioned for their spots, according to the news release. A total of 552 students nationwide participate.