Two Lincoln County high school students recently participated in the All-State Honors Band at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill April 27-29.
One of the highest honors for high school band students, North Lincoln High School senior saxophone player Michael Harvey and West Lincoln High School sophomore French horn player Heather Sain represented their schools and county.
Students earn their right to participate in All-State after auditioning for All-District band in January.
Each district sends the top few players in each section to compete with each other for All-State Band. After auditions, the top players are selected.
Michael, the son of Jeff and Debbie Harvey, earned second chair for the 11th- and 12th-grade All-State band.
He was also first chair in All-District band.
At North Lincoln, Michael was a featured soloist during the marching season, as well as when the band performed at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference in November.
He is in the top 10 of his senior class, a member of Beta Club and the National Honor Society and a part of the congregation at Gateway Baptist Church in Newton, where he is active in Sunday School, the youth program and accompanies the choir on Sundays.
Next year, Michael will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with the largest music scholarship offered to the school of music.
Heather, the daughter of Robin and Margaret Sain, has been playing the French horn since the seventh grade at West Lincoln Middle School.
She has participated in All-County Band for four years, All-District Band in eighth grade and this year and now All-State Band.
For the past two years, Heather has participated in the schoolâ€™s jazz ensemble and is currently first horn in the West Lincoln High School concert band.
She has participated in marching band for three years, was section leader as a freshman and drum major this year.
by Staff Reports