Daniel Elston represented Friendship Christian at the Central District (NC Bandmasters Association) All-District Band Clinic downtown at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on January 29-30.
Daniel competed against nearly 40 high school trombone players from public and private schools in a district composed of 13 counties (including Wake, Durham, Orange, and Chapel Hill) in the middle of NC. Daniel came in third place overall and will be in the 9-10 Honors Band. Only 9 students were selected to participate in this ensemble. His score was also high enough to allow him to compete (in March) for a spot in the NCBA All-State Honors Band which will include students from the entire state of NC. Only the top three trombone students in each of six districts qualifies to try out for the Honors Band.
Daniel attended rehearsals at Apex Friendship High School for two days and presented a concert with the All-District Bands on January 30 at Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the performing arts.