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RCHS sax player a rising star

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Saxophonist Michaela Grubb, a senior at Roane County High School, has risen to the top of her class and will be the featured soloist in this weekend’s Roane County High School spring band concert.

Grubb will perform “Ballade for Solo Alto Saxophone” during the concert, which will begin at 2 p.m. April 29 in Roane County High School gymnasium, Kingston.

Admission is free.

Grubb began playing alto saxophone in 2006 with the Cherokee Middle School Band under the direction of Julie Stout.

She continued, under Roane County High School Band Director Zack Williamson, to play through high school as a member of the RCHS marching, concert and jazz bands.

For the past three years Grubb has studied with Jay Romines, professor of saxophone at the University of Tennessee School of Music.

She plans to continue her saxophone studies this fall with world-class saxophonist Phil Barham at Tennessee Technological University, where she has accepted both academic and music scholarships and will major in music education and performance, with a minor in psychology.

Grubb has auditioned for and been selected to be a member of the East Tennessee Band and Orchestra Associations top Honors Bands for All-State East Senior and Lower East Junior Clinics for five years.

She was one of only six alto saxophonists selected from several hundred students across Tennessee to perform with the 2011 Tennessee Music Educators Associations All-State Band.

Also having been chosen out of more than 1,200 applicants to participate in the 2011 Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, Grubb was recognized as one of the state’s most outstanding high school students.

In addition, she was honored to be selected by the members of the East Tennessee Concert Band as a Rising Star performer in 2011.

Under the direction of Rick Best, she plays tenor saxophone and is recognized as a “superiorly talented high-school musicians from the East Tennessee area.”

The East Tennessee Concert Band is an adult symphonic band that presents a year-round series of concerts throughout the region. It was a 2008 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Scroll, North America's most prestigious award for community concert bands.

Grubb serves as sergeant and section leader for the Roane County High School marching band and is the principal saxophone player for both the school’s marching and concert bands.

She is also a scholar athlete member of the varsity soccer team and a member of the Beta and Key clubs.

Grubb is AP Scholar and will graduate from high school with highest honors.

Williamson will open the spring band concert program with Richard Saucedo’s “Full Tilt,” followed with “Sketches on a Tudor Psalm” by Fisher Tull.

“A Trumpeter’s Lullaby” by Leroy Anderson and Philip J. Lang will feature soloist senior Terrence Long, with “Emblem of Unity” by J.J. Richards and John Swearinger.

Other numbers include “October” by Eric Whitacer, “Concerto for Trombones” by Norman Leyden featuring the trombone trio of seniors Roger McKinney and Katie Swymer and sophomore Kyra Grubb, and Daniel Bukvich’s “Symphony No. 1 (In Memoriam Dresden-1954).”