Kingman High School Tuba Player Ranks Top in State

Published by The Bee News

March 23, 2023

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Kingman High School’s Joseph McCoy was selected by audition for the 2023 Arizona All-State Honor Band. Nearly 700 excelling high school instrumental musicians auditioned for the prestigious ensemble in March during live auditions held at Gilbert High School. All auditioners were required to first pass through regional tryouts, performing in area honor ensembles in February 2023. Joseph earned a fourth chair placement in the state honor band against 50 other high school tuba players from across Arizona. The rigor of musicianship and technical accuracy was highly competitive.
Joining the Kingman Unified School District #20 band program in fifth grade, Joseph has experienced many musical achievements throughout his school band career earning individual & group awards with the Kingman Middle & High School Bands. From Superior ratings at festivals to state & regional honor band placements to the marching field, Joseph has proven his innate musical abilities. Joseph recognizes that ‘playing in these advanced ensembles is the ultimate experience for a student musician.’ Though only a sophomore in high school, Joseph is already setting his sights high to audition for some of our country’s elite military bands.
Kingman High School Band Director, Michael Schreiber, contends that Joseph is an amazing musician, one of the most dedicated he has taught throughout his career. Mr. Schreiber goes on to say, “Practicing before school, at lunch, & well into the evening, Joseph’s dedication to his craft is inspirational. He is hungry and always looking for ways to improve musically.” “Joseph’s natural talent and passion for music was readily recognized from the get go. His ability to create feeling and stir emotions through his musical performances is unprecedented for a student musician,” said Julie Gragg, KUSD Music Coordinator and former middle school director.
Over 100 members of the 2023 Arizona All-State Band will gather in Tempe at Arizona State University to rehearse April 13-15. The state’s best band, choir & orchestra high school students will culminate the experience by performing in ASU’s Gammage Auditorium for a 3,000-capacity audience on Saturday, April 15, 2023.

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