Evan Zimmerman heads to All State Band

PAT FRIDGEN
Evan Zimmerman heads to All State Band this weekend in Pittsburgh.

Practice makes perfect. Years of band rehearsals, clarinet lessons and practicing at home led to state honors for Greencastle-Antrim High School senior Evan Zimmerman.

He qualified for the Pennsylvania State Music Educators All State Band April 21-24 in Pittsburgh. The public concert will be at noon Saturday, April 24, in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The conductor will be Dr. Stephen Bolstad, Director of Bands for James Madison University.

“Evan has used the experience of previous years to his advantage,” commented Samuel Forney, G-AHS Concert Band director. “He has one of the best work ethics I have seen in my 29 years here. That is why he is very successful.”

Zimmerman, 18, qualified for district band as a sophomore and for regional band as a junior. He went through auditions at each level, with the competition increasing.

“For clarinet it’s harder,” the youth said. “There are three different parts to learn, and an etude.” He had several pieces ready for the state judges, who named the music they wanted to hear when he walked into the try-out room.

Five G-AHS students have made All State Band/Orchestra in the past nine years, Forney said. He estimated 400 clarinet players performed at the district level this year and only 45 qualified for states in three instrumental ensembles.

Zimmerman also plays tenor saxophone in the high school Jazz Band.

He plans to attend James Madison University to major in music education. He would also like to further his education to eventually become a conductor.