District sends 53 to All-State music competition

District sends 53 to All-State music competition

NORTH SMITHFIELD - In a few years, you'll likely hear many of their names associated with awards and honors more fitted to seasoned musicians, from festival wins to chances to play at elite venues. But for now, the 11 students in the North Smithfield Middle School Music Department who were selected for All-State ensembles are proud of their early musical achievements.

A record number of music students from the school were selected for the honor this year after competing last fall in auditions with thousands from across the state.

The Rhode Island Music Educators Association sponsors the annual festival, in which each All-State ensemble - junior and senior chorus, band, orchestra and jazz band - come together for a performance. Although the number of middle school students to achieve the honor has been consistently high in the district - eight students were picked in 2012 and 10 made the cut the previous year - 2013's lot boasts the highest number of all-state students since the school opened five years ago.

The record-breaking trend also extends to the high school, where 42 kids have been selected. In 2012, by comparison, only 30 kids were invited to join the ensembles.

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