Penn Manor musicians earn district, regional honors

Two Penn Manor High School students recently earned district and regional music honors.

Penn Manor senior trumpet player Julia Young has been named to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Central Region Orchestra and Region V State Band.

Garrison Webster earned a spot in the PMEA District 7 Jazz Festival, following an audition Jan. 18 that included students from Lancaster and several other counties.

Garrison, a junior, placed first as a bass in the vocal jazz ensemble and will represent Penn Manor at the festival, scheduled for March 15 and 16 at Big Springs High School.

Julia qualified for the Region V State Band Festival based on her audition at the PMEA Lower District Band Festival, held Jan. 25 and 26 at Lancaster Mennonite High School.

The Region V festival will be held March 7 through 9 at Conrad Weiser High School.

She also qualified for the Central Region Orchestra based on her audition during the PMEA District 7 Orchestra Festival, held Jan. 10 through 12. She qualified for one of only two slots for trumpet.

To reach the District 7 festival, she had to audition along with nearly 50 trumpet players from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties for one of only four slots.

Qualifying for the Central Region Orchestra is a major accomplishment, said Sara Masten, Penn Manor High School music teacher.

“Students who audition for District Orchestra are among the top musicians in their school district and county, and if they make it past the district level, they are truly among the best,” Masten said. 

The Central Region Orchestra Festival will be held Feb. 20 through 22 at Williamsport Community Arts Center.