Grove City Record

Junior selected for All-National Honor Band

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Grove City High School junior Brandon Davenport has been selected as a member of the 2013 National Music Association for Music Education All-National Honor Band.

Davenport will be among approximately 670 of the top high school music students from around the nation who will perform at a gala concert Oct. 30 in Nashville.

"It was really overwhelming," to learn he had been selected for the honor, said Davenport, who last year was named to the Ohio Music Education Association's All-Star Band.

"This is on a whole different scale than the state band because it's not just students from Ohio, but from all across the country," Davenport said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of seeing if I can compare with all these top student musicians."

Davenport plays euphonium in the GCHS Symphonic Band and the baritone euphonium in the school's marching band. He also plays valve trombone in the GCHS Jazz Band.

He has been selected to participate in the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band, the Ohio State Honor Band and the Columbus Youth Symphony.

"Each band offers something different," he said. "Being in the symphonic band gives you the chance to play traditional band music, while the jazz band offers something completely different. I like the variety."

His interest in music was influenced by his parents, Bob and Lisa Davenport, and his sister, who all participated in the school band.

"I wasn't really into athletics, so I thought I would give music a try in sixth and seventh grade and see if I liked it," Davenport said.'

"I loved it," he said. "Music came really easy for me. It just felt natural, so I just liked playing music more and more.

"Playing music is a huge stress reliever," Davenport said.

It's also satisfying because there is always the chance to improve as a musician, he said.

"I'm really grateful to the band directors here at Grove City," Davenport said. "They've all helped me improve so much as a musician."

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles include a concert band, symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble and a mixed chorus.

Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in the national honor ensembles.

The ensembles will perform Oct. 30 in the presidential ballroom at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

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