Not only did a Mountain Pointe student take home a top individual award at the All-State Festival for band and orchestra, the other students who attended the three-day event received guidance from several distinguished guests.

Mountain Pointe took seven band and orchestra students to the festival, which was sponsored by the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) and took place at Arizona State University from April 14-16. Twenty-one students made it to the regional competition and after two rounds, the field was narrowed to the final group.

One of those students was senior Caitlin Corbett, a viola player, who was one of three students statewide to win the ABODA Scholarship. She received $1,000 to be used at the state college of her choice in pursuit of a degree in music education.

"It was great to win but nerve-wracking at the same time because I was waiting to hear (if I won) in between performances," said Corbett, who will be attending Northern Arizona University in the fall. "I am really excited to be moving on, going to college and pursuing a career in musical education."

She was nominated by Mountain Pointe band director Joshua Hartgrove and had to write an essay for the scholarship. She also had to interview with a panel before the decision was made.

The students had a chance to receive instruction from Colonel Michael Colburn, who is director of the United States Marine Band, and Dr. John Roscigno, a college conductor at California State University Northridge.

"They got to spend time with the man who plays for the president, which was a cool experience," Hartgrove said. "They also were part of a premier performance of an original piece, ‘Five Bells' by composer Glenn Stallcop."

The other Mountain Pointe students who attended were Alex Nguyen, Nick Walker, Chris Hawkins, Andrew Corbett, A.J. Covey and Kerry Willis.

"The festival is a celebration of best young musicians in the state," Hartgrove said. "What ABODA is doing is great because they are choosing to honor and support our future colleges."

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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