With assistance from Mr. Brian Langdon, Boyertown Area Senior High School director of bands, Daniel will prepare remarkably challenging music that he will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial
The NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of The National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately one hundred fifty instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have twenty instrumentalists, the treble voice chorus will have one hundred twenty vocalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately three hundred fifty vocalists. Student participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAfME Eastern Division membership, with no state given less than two percent representation.
Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, PA, VT, Europe) oversee the selection process in their state during the Spring and early Fall of the year before the event and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. The method used to compile the lists varies from state to state, although all recommended students must have participated (or will be participating in) their home all-state festivals.
The committee builds the ensembles from the state presidents' ranked lists, trying to mimic the state population percentages in each group. The Jazz Ensemble, due to its size and instrumentation, is formed to represent every state in the division.
Daniel has had a very successful music career to date. As a sophomore, Daniel was selected to be a member of the District 10 Band and Orchestra where he was ranked first for his instrument. He then moved onto the Pennsylvania Orchestra where he was, once again, ranked first for his instrument. Due to this success, he moved onto the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Orchestra where he ranked second in the state. With these accomplishments, Daniel was able to apply and audition for the NAfME All-Eastern Ensemble.