IN CONCERT C. Flutist Elena Berisha, sophomore, performs in The Veteran's Day Concert. photo/MEGAN DEMPSEY
IN CONCERT C. Flutist Elena Berisha, sophomore, performs in The Veteran’s Day Concert. photo/MEGAN DEMPSEY


Competing against each other and students from all of Orange County, band members auditioned for a spot in the Orange County All-County Band.

Of the students who auditioned from Boone, 19 successfully made it into this prestigious band. This marked a large increase from last year’s seven students who made it.

“It establishes we’re a strong music program,” band director Joshua Jackson said. “[It] allows students to make music with top musicians in the county.”

On Monday, Nov. 11, students were tested on four of their major scales, their chromatic scale, a prepared piece and sight reading.

“I was relieved because I had tried multiple times had but not gotten in,” senior James Boyle, who made chair 14 out of 17 in the trumpet section, said. “[I wanted] to show I’m better than everyone.”

Among the students that made the All-County Band are Savannah McGuigan and Chelsea Chan, who also made The Florida All-State Band.

The All-County members from the Reservation include:

  • Savannah McGuigan, Piccolo and 4th Chair Flute, Symphonic Band
  • Elena Berisha, Piccolo and 9th Chair Flute, Concert Band
  • Eve-Lyn Comer-8th Chair Flute, Symphonic Band
  • Anjali Shinde-3rd Chair Flute, Concert Band
  • Kaylee Stillwell, 1st Chair Oboe, Symphonic Band
  • Anthony Santana, 4th Chair Bassoon, Symphonic Band
  • Garrett McCormick, 3rd Chair Bassoon, Concert Band
  • Chesley Chan, 4th Chair Clarinet, Concert Band
  • Kate Plogstedt, 9th Chair Clarinet, Concert Band
  • Ashley Black, 14th Chair Clarinet, Concert Band
  • Mathieu Velez, 4th Chair Alto, Symphonic Band
  • Jordan Crain, 1st Chair Bari Sax, Concert Band
  • Patrick Boyle, 14th Chair Trumpet, Symphonic Band
  • Brian Wallace, 5th Euphonium, Concert Band
  • Taylor Stewart, 7th Euphonium, Symphonic Band
  • Daniel Mencer, 3rd Chair Tuba, Concert Band
  • Connor Rossi, 4th Chair Percussion, Symphonic Band
  • Nathan Wallace, 5th Chair Percussion, Symphonic Band
  • Nick Holland, 7th Chair Percussion, Symphonic Band

By Renee Burke

I currently work as a Media Promotions Manager for OCPS. I taught at William R. Boone HS in Orlando for 22 years, and was JEA's 2015 H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year, the 2012 OCPS Teacher of the Year, 2011 FSPA Journalism Teacher of the Year, and a 2011 Gold Key recipient from CSPA. I advised the Legend yearbook and Hi-Lights newspaper for 20 and 21 years, respectively. Both publications earned CSPA Crown awards and NSPA Pacemakers.

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