Lake County Sends Four Outstanding Musicians to the Florida Bandmasters Association 2011 All-State Performance

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Three students from Tavares High School, and one student from Eustis High School have won places in the prestigious FBMA All-State band ensembles which will be performing at the 2011 Florida Music Educators’ Clinic-Conference January 12-15, 2011 in Tampa, FL.

Arianna Beyer, a sophomore clarinet player at Tavares High School, and Nick Vicchiullo a sophomore clarinet player at Tavares High School, are scheduled to perform with the 9th-10th Grade All-State Concert Band while Courtland Beyer, a Senior trumpet player at Tavares High School, and Greg Balut, a senior trumpet player at Eustis High School are scheduled to perform with the All-State Jazz Band at the 2011 Florida Music Educators’ Clinic-Conference January 12-15, 2011 in Tampa, FL.

Students who play musical instruments from all over the State of Florida audition in September each year for a chance to win one of only a few spots in either the Orchestra, Concert Band or Jazz Band. For each instrument there are hundreds of student competitors. In the All-State Jazz Band there are only five trumpet slots available and Courtland and Greg (friends since middle school) secured two spots.

Performing with top notch bands is not new to these outstanding Lake County music students as all four learned to make music in the award winning Eustis Middle School Band program under the direction of Mr. Gerry Ricke. These students traveled with Mr. Ricke’s award winning Eustis Middle Mustang Jazz Band to music festivals in Virginia Beach, VA, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA where they were ranked first in their division receiving straight superior ratings and a Festival Honor Award of Distinction as well as numerous soloist awards. Additionally the students participated with Mr. Ricke’s bands ranking superior at each of their annual FBA District 19 evaluations. Last year Nick, Courtland and Arianna were part of the Tavares High School Band which received the coveted Otto J. Kraushaar award, only the second time in 35 years a school from Lake County has won the award. Musicians Courtland and Arianna Beyer, brother and sister, have performed internationally this past summer with the Blue Lake Jazz Orchestra and locally with the Tavares High School ensembles, Trinity Brass in Eustis, and the Mount Dora Jazz Orchestra. All four students play more than one instrument, and either sing, dance, act or all of the above!

The Tavares High School Marching Band will be performing at Florida Marching Band State Competition this Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Tropicana Field, St. Pete, FL. To see additional local performances of these superior students, please visit their school’s band website at either or

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