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A pair of Roane County High School band members, along with a recent band alumnus, earned distinctions for themselves over the summer.
Junior Lyric Rivera spent four weeks at Middle Tennessee Stae University participating in the Governor’s School for the Arts.
Her fellow band member, Charlie Coen, was the first freshman in the Kingston school’s history to be named to the All-State Band.
Andrew Layne, a 2014 Roane County High School graduate and former band member, was selected to play with the United States Navy Band at the University of Tennessee.
Rivera, a flutist with the Roane County High School band, was among students from all across the state at Governor’s School.
For almost three decades, the Governor’s School for the Arts has nurtured the creative spark of young Tennesseans with a love for music, theatre, visual arts, dance and filmmaking.
As one of the students in the instrumental music program, Rivera participated in orchestra or piano ensemble.
She and other students took classes in theory, conducting, improvisation and world music, and participated in chamber music.
Rivera and her fellow students also rehearsed within their groups and presented several concerts.
Rivera was honored in April as a member of the All-State Band as selected by the Tennessee Music Educators Association.
She spent three days in Memphis performing with the top high school band students in the state.
Coen, a horn player with the Roane County High School band, was the first freshman in RCHS history to be named to the All-State Band.
Previously, freshman took part in only the East Tennessee regional honors bands with middle school students.
Coen joined two other Roane County High School students and band director Zack Williamson in Memphis performing with the top band students in Tennessee.
Coen also spent two weeks in June at Vanderbilt University’s Summer Academy studying the interactions of music and math.
The course examined such things as mathematical theory, musical scales, and compositional techniques, helping students to reach a synthesis between the fields of math and music.
Layne played with the United States Navy Band in UT’s Cox Auditorium as part of a special performance by the premier concert band on a national tour.
The band performs frequently at the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building. It has participated in 21 presidential inaugurals.
Layne, a trumpet player was also selected as a member of the All-State Band in April.
He will be joining the Pride of the Southland Band and majoring in music at the University of Tennessee this fall.
The 2014 RCHS marching band will give its first performance on Aug. 29 at Grace Christian Academy.
The band will be performing a collection of love songs during the football game’s halftime.