HOOSICK FALLS — Two Hoosick Falls Central School students were chosen to represent the school in the New York State School Music Association's Area All State band last month in Saratoga Springs.
Senior Darrell Holovach and junior Devin Weingold both auditioned for the group by performing in the NYSSMA Solo Festival last spring. Students who perform at the All-State level, the highest level possible, at that event are eligible for the Area All State band, and are then placed according to their abilities. Both students play in the Fort Crailo Yankee Doodle Band and the Hoosick Community Band, as well as the pep band and jazz band at the school.
For Holovach, a clarinetist who played bass clarinet in the Area All State band, this represented his third time performing with the group. "(It's) basically like putting you in a college experience," he said. "It is as if you're in a band where all of the members are music majors."
Holovach, who plays clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto saxophone regularly, and is fluent in all saxophones and piano, began playing in fifth grade. He also plays on the varsity soccer team, is in Drama Club, and is a member of the North Hoosick Fire Department and the National Honor Society. He plans to pursue a career in music education.
Weingold played trumpet for the performance, his first trip to Area All State. "To be able to perform with so many talented musicians is an honor," he said, "Not only did I have fun, but I learned ways to be a better trumpet player."
Weingold plays trumpet, French horn, baritone saxophone, and piano regularly, and began learning the baritone horn this year. When he began playing in the fifth grade, he initially wanted to play the saxophone, but the school didn't have one for him to use, so he chose the trumpet instead, his father's instrument. "My father was thrilled. Now that I actually have some skills on trumpet, I play in the Community Band with him," said Weingold, who also plays varsity football and is in the drama club.
"We've had students in Area All State for several years consecutively now, and each new student to participate serves as a great model for the next generation of students," said HFCS high school music teacher Rob Allen. "They leave behind them a legacy of how to play their instrument, of how to lead their section, providing fine examples of tone, talent, service, and musicianship for the others to hear and see.
"I'm glad that the talent and hard work of these students is being recognized, and that they are getting the experience of playing in a group full of immensely talented students from all across the Capital Region," he said, adding, "Area All State is very difficult to get into."