Gordon Central High School student April Volzer does it again!
It is the dream of every competitor to be at the “top of their game,” whether it is an athlete, scholar or artist. April Volzer, a senior at Gordon Central High School, has not only accomplished that goal this school year, but has now done it for five years in a row. Volzer has been selected as a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Band for the fifth consecutive year.
The selection process for All-State is a two-round audition, requiring each musician to demonstrate musical skills by performing scales, prepared exercises and sight reading. The first round of auditions is on a district level. Georgia Music Educators Association is the professional organization for music educators across the state. GMEA has divided the state of Georgia into 14 districts. Gordon Central High School is part of District 7. At the district level, Volzer competed against more than one hundred 11th and 12th grade Bb clarinet players and scored the eighth highest, which qualified her as a member of the GMEA District 7 Honor Band, but also qualified her as a second-round candidate for the GMEA All-State Band.
Volzer traveled to Warner Robbins on Jan. 6 to compete with 11th and 12th grade clarinet players from the 14 GMEA districts. She was successful again and has been selected as part of the GMEA 11th and 12th grade Symphonic Band sitting ninth chair in the Bb clarinet section.
To add to this accomplishment, not only did she make All-State band her senior year in high school, but Volzer has been selected as a member of the Georgia All-State Band for five consecutive years, 8th - 12th grade. She began playing clarinet in 2012 when she was a student at Christian Heritage, and continued playing at Gordon Central since her 9th grade school year. Volzer has been blessed to have good teachers over her years of musical growth; David Pasqua, Janna Pye, Wanda Dugger and Neal Crawford have been her band directors and private instructors. Volzer has performed for many guest conductors and clinicians over her experiences in District Honor Bands, All-State Bands, University Honor Bands, Music Camps and Community Bands/Orchestras.
This year, Volzer will perform with the University of Tennessee Tri-State Honor Band Jan. 25-27 on the University of Tennessee Chattanooga campus; GMEA District 7 Honor Band Feb. 15-17 at Ringgold High School; and GMEA All-State Band March 1-3 at the University of Georgia Classic Center.
“April has been a pleasure to teach,” said Neal Crawford, Gordon Central’s Band Director. “April has an inner drive and passion for music that is exceptional. Her ability to devote hours upon hours developing her skill set that is on a state champion level is to be honored and recognized. As her high school band director, I want to not only recognize April for her accomplishments, but to also recognize all of the educators and musicians that helped April along the way. I also thank her parents, Jarret and Dianne, for their sacrifices and encouragement of April. I know that great things are on the horizon for April as she moves forward in life.”
What is next for Volzer? She plans to study Linguistics or Literature on the collegiate level and minor in music.