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Hitting A High Note

Hitting A High Note

The Exeter Union High School Bands are proud to announce that Darrell Lumbres has won placement in the 2013 All-State Honor Orchestra. This is one of the highest honors a high-school musician can achieve. The All-State Honor Band and Orchestra are sponsored by the California Band Directors Association and the California Orchestra Directors Association.

“I am excited that I got accepted into the Orchestra, and I hope it will be fun,” said Sophomore Darrell Lumbres.

The All-State Honor Band auditions take place yearly with well over 1,600 entries competing for places in three All-State bands and the Orchestra, including 95 high school trumpets auditions. The very top brass and woodwind players are taken from the pool of auditions to play in the All-State Orchestra. Which means that Lumbres is one of the finest student musicians in the entire state of California and he is only a Sophomore.

“I don’t think it matters what year I am, I think who ever works the hardest should get it,” said Lumbres.

Darrell is an active participant in the Marching, Jazz and symphonic Bands at Exeter Union High School. Lumbres is also studying privately with Cooper Walden in his spare time. Not only is Lumbres extremely active in the music department, he is also maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

“He [Lumbres] is a fine example of how self discipline, a great attitude and relentless focus on musical excellence will be rewarded,” said Kirk Clague the band director at Exeter Union High School. “Often we get the impression that kids from these small towns have no place with the elite of the musical, academic, athletic, or vocational world. Darrell’s achievement is just one more reason that the myth needs to be put to bed”

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