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Elizabeth Chambers Named Wyoming All-State Band
Monday, January 30th, 2017

Jackson Hole High School Band member Elizabeth Chambers has been named to Wyoming's All-State Band. Chambers, a senior trombonist, was accepted after an extensive and rigorous audition process.

This is Elizabeth's third selection to the All-State Band. She holds the distinction of being the first JHHS band member to pass the audition more than once. Elizabeth was also chosen during her eleventh and ninth grade years, which additionally makes her the first JHHS band member to make All-State as a freshman. Preparing for the All-State audition requires great effort and time commitment. Elizabeth had to perform a number of scales and difficult excerpts in addition to sight-reading. The sight-reading portion of the audition can often be the most anxiety-inducing part.

For someone having to play something they've never seen before, and do it in a high-stakes audition where they only get one shot at it, it can make the difference between making the cut or not. JHHS Band Director Pete Closson says, "I was in the room when Elizabeth auditioned. If she was nervous, she didn't show it." Closson adds, "Elizabeth is an exceptionally bright and talented young lady, so I'm not surprised by any of her successes." Elizabeth met with over 450 of Wyoming's best high school music students in Cody on January 15-17. She attended rehearsals in preparation for the All-State Gala Concert, which closed the final evening with performances by the All-State Band, Orchestra and Choir. The Wyoming High School Activities Association together with the Wyoming Music Educators Association sponsors this annual three-day event, which is held in conjunction with the Wyoming Music Educators Association State Music Conference.

Elizabeth was also singled out for special recognition at the Gala Concert. During the show, Elizabeth was introduced as the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Senior Award for Band, which also included a cash prize.

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