Lowell High School junior Joe Long was recently selected to participate in the prestigious Indiana All-State Honor Band during the 53rd annual Indiana All-State High School Band Festival.
The teen, who plays the clarinet, was chosen from among 750 young musicians for the 87-member honor band directed by Dr. John Lynch of the University of Georgia.
The band performed the work "sevenfire" composed by Steven Bryant, on March 14 in the Elliott Hall of Music at Purdue University, West Lafayette.
“The music was intense, mentally draining, and required a lot of concentration to play well,” Long said.
“Dr. Lynch always had something to say that can make us better, and it was a lot of fun playing with him. Rehearsals were fun and not stressful.”
“I also enjoyed working with many other talented musicians and learning how to play better in a group,” he added.
Long has played the clarinet for six years, and is a member of the LHS Jazz and Pep Bands. He won the Outstanding Musician of the Year Award as a freshman and sophomore, and to date, has earned 27 gold Solo and Ensemble medals in Indiana State School Musical Association contests.
In addition, he was awarded the Edith Root Scholarship in 2012 and attended Indiana University’s Music Clinic.
Long plans to major in clarinet performance at either the University of Michigan, DePaul University or Indiana University, and hopes to perform with a professional orchestra.
The son of Brian and Laurie Long, of Lowell, Long enjoys hunting, fishing, archery and repairing electronics.