The students are Andrew Chase, who plays the trombone; Casey Gerczynski, saxophone; and Myles McMahan, euphonium.
The three are first-chair musicians on the school’s band and were selected from among 900 students who auditioned for a spot in the all-state band. They joined about 185 students selected to participate in the state’s two all-state bands, performing with 90 high school musicians on April 6 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
“I was thrilled,” McMahan said. “I tried to get in last year and didn’t. Seeing that I actually got it was pretty overwhelming. It was a lot of fun, because in high school a lot of people are in bands because it’s an easy A; but at all-state you see people who are really devoted to their music.”
McMahan is a junior and intends to try out for the all-state band in his senior year. Chase and Gerczynski are seniors and have tried out in previous years. The senior-year honor was a meaningful experience.
“When I found out, I almost cried,” Gerczynski said. “I tried out last year and I didn’t make it. This year … it’s my senior year and it’s at the college I want to go to. All my free time goes to my saxophone.”
Gerczynski plans to study music education in college, while Chase intends to keep playing his trombone on a recreational level.
“I really like playing jazz. Maybe I’ll get a little jazz demo and play once in a while,” Chase said. “The all-state performance was a really good experience with that many kids and that many people.”