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3 Floyd County Schools students selected to All-State Honor Band

Three Floyd County students have been selected for the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Honor Band for 2017.

Hayden Robinson, an eighth-grader at Model Middle School; Barton Sopata, a ninth-grader at Model High School; and Kayla Hutcherson, a 10th-grader at Armuchee High, have been selected for the honor.

The band will rehearse and perform at the Classic Center in Athens during a three-day event March 2-4.

Robinson was selected for alto saxophone, Sopata for trumpet and Hutcherson for clarinet.

“Each year, thousands of students from Georgia endure two rigorous auditions, one in December and a second in January, for an opportunity to earn a spot in the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Honor Band,” stated Seth Bates, band director at Armuchee High School.

To earn a spot in the GMEA All-State Honor Band the young musicians are required to play lyrical and technical etudes and sight-read for a panel of selection judges.