On January 14, 2016, five eight grade Garrison Wind Ensemble Members traveled to Perry, Georgia to audition for the 2017 Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Band. All five of the members earned placement into the 2017 all-state band. This is a first for Jahmila Pickering – clarinet. John King – Saxophone, Emma Smith – Saxophone,
Emily Smith – F Horn and Jimmy Kim – Saxophone earned membership in the 2016 GMEA All-State Band as well. Jim has earned the position of principal Alto Saxophone, two consecutive years.
All five will travel to Athens in March to rehearse and perform at the Athens Classic Center with over 900 other all-state 2017 members from all over the state of Georgia. Special thanks to all the folks who helped in the Master classes, lots of support. All five GWE members are planning to audition for Savannah Arts Academy to continue their music study. John and Jimmy are hoping to be selected for the 2017 Ohio State Honor Band.