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Bangor Area High School student Rose Tillson was selected to play in Nashville as part of a national band ensemble.
Rose Tillson is the first person from Bangor Area High School ever to be selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education’s All National Honors Concert Band, officials said.
Tillson, heading into her senior year, made it through several levels of competition as she scorched through the district, regional and state competitions sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
Only juniors and sophomores who attain the state level in the spring can audition for the national level. About 16 students in Bangor Area’s history have reached the state level and none have reached the national level, according to Eric Hahn, high school band director.
At first, Tillson was told she didn’t make the cut when she sent her video audition to the national organization. However, she took the rejection well, Tillson said.
“I wasn’t really that disappointed when I didn’t make it,” Tillson said. “It was an honor to be able to qualify. It did necessarily think I was going to make it because, you know, the country is a big place.”
Shortly afterward, Tillson received a phone call telling her a spot opened up and she was invited to play with the national ensemble at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, in October.
The good news still hasn’t sunk in yet and probably won’t until she is on the stage, Tillson said.
The students in the national ensemble will be informed as to which musical pieces they will be playing so they can practice on their own and then they will practice together in October for two days before playing at the Grand Ole Opry on the third day.
Tillson, who plays multiple instruments, will play the bass clarinet on three of the pieces and contra bass clarinet on one piece.
Tillson’s drive and love of music occur without any pressure from her parents, according to her father, Michael Tillson.
“If there is a band in the school and she’s allowed to play in it, she plays in it,” Michael Tillson said.
Hahn said he is thrilled that Tillson will represent Bangor Area High School and he is confident she will do well.
“We have a top notch music department and here’s the proof,” Hahn said.
Tillson said she loves playing with the band at her school but she is also excited to play with the nation’s best.