Freshman alto saxophonist Lochlyn Ramsey, freshman flutist Noelle Jackson and sophomore alto saxophonist Jacob Roblero rehearsed for about nine hours for a Saturday performance.
“We were there on a Thursday and we finished on Saturday,” said Roblero, the 16-year-old son of Pedro and Elizabeth.
About 350 musicians from Ohio and Michigan were divided into four bands. Of those 350, there were 115 freshmen.
“To be nominated means you are one of the best players in the (NHS) band. Maybe not the best, but you’re one of the better ones,” said Ramsey, the 14-year-old son of Matthew and Lynden.
Roblero was in the “white band” while Jackson and Ramsey were in the freshman band. The ensembles performed four songs each. Roblero said the compositions were slightly easier than what the NHS band plays “to get them done in a day-and-a-half.”
NHS band director Will Kish nominated the three musicians. Then the trio had to audition, which included a prepared song or sightreading and a scale selected by the judges.
Jackson performed a song she sight-read since she didn’t know she was supposed to have prepared something.
“It was OK. I think I did pretty good,” said the 14-year-old daughter of Chris Jackson and Laura Palmer. “I know I can do what I put my mind to.”
Ramsey prepared “Contempora Suite,” a classical composition.
“It was my seventh-grade solo-and-ensemble piece,” he said.
Roblero’s prepared song, “Golliwog’s Cakewalk” by Claude Debussy, also was what he performed for solo and ensemble in the seventh grade.
“It wasn’t quite jazz; it wasn’t quite pop,” Roblero said.