All-State Band: CHS places 1 on Symphonic, 1 on Jazz
One Coronado High School musician, Nathaniel Lohmann on bassoon, has been chosen for the All-State Band this year.
Kenrick Pellerin, baritone sax, made All-State Jazz Band.
This is the second straight year for Lohmann, who also recently auditioned onto the All-State Orchestra (playing the bassoon there as well) for the third straight year.
He will play with the 111-member All-State Symphonic Band, which will perform April 14 in Greeley.
Pellerin was the one baritone sax player selected for the Large School All-State Jazz Band. It has 27 musicians in all, and will perform Jan. 28 at the Broadmoor Hotel.
Alan Combs is the CHS band instructor.
Both students are seniors, and both are looking ahead to some level of musical involvement in college. Hoping to attend Oberlin College in Ohio, Kansas University or University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Lohmann said he will major in music but plans to have a second major in history. That way, he explained, if music doesn't work out as a career, he might be a history teacher or possibly work at a museum.
He takes private lessons in both bassoon and cello - instruments he started playing in elementary school - and lately has been adding practice time on piano. Not only is piano-playing considered important by music educators, if he can get proficient enough he hopes to test out of piano and theory classes when he gets to college, Lohmann said.
Pellerin expects to minor in music at either the University of Northern Colorado or at Colorado State University. He's still deciding on a major, but is thinking about education as a career.
He's played several instruments on the way to the baritone (“bari”) sax, which is the lowest-pitched saxophone in common use. He started with violin in elementary school, then, deciding he wanted to be in band instead of orchestra, switched to French horn and finally to sax. He also plays the bass clarinet.
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