Friday, February 28, 2014

California All-State Orchestra includes seven San Diego Unified students

The annual California All-State Orchestra, which brought together the top student-musicians to perform together, included seven students from the San Diego Unified School District in the 2014 edition.
Musical brothers Jake and Davis Boring.
The honors this year went to: Henry High, Tim Toombs, grade 10, French horn; Mira Mesa High, Jake Boring, grade 11, alto sax; Pt. Loma High, Michael Brown, grade 10, percussion, and Clifton McKenzie, grade 10, tuba; Scripps Ranch High, Alec Candib, grade 9, baritone, and Michael Lamar, grade 10, bassoon. The lone middle school participant was from Wangenheim Middle School: Davis Boring, grade 8, clarinet.

One musician, Jake Boring of Mira Mesa High, was making his third appearance. His brother, Davis, was honored for the first time. Pt. Loma's Brown and McKenzie were among only four to represent the school in the last 40 years.

"This is such a fantastic honor for these young musicians," said Dr. Karen Childress-Evans, Director of San Diego Unified's Visual and Performing Arts Program. "California is home to the motion picture industry and has more than its share of world-class musicians and musical families. We're all very proud of them in San Diego Unified."

The orchestras and bands performed Feb. 20-23. For more information on the programs, visit the California Orchestra Directors Association website.