Tyler McConnell-Gallagher, a senior at Coatesville High School, has been selected to perform in the elite Pennsylvania Music Education Association District 12 band festival, according to a report from the Daily Local News.
McConnell-Gallagher will be the second chair on the bass clarinet. He is the only student from the Coatesville Area School District selected to join the other 75 musicians from Philadelphia, Delaware, and Chester counties.
Being selected for this event is quite an honor. The auditions required students to perform a solo, do scales, and play a random, committee-chosen selection.
The young musician started with music by playing the clarinet, before switching to bass clarinet in eighth grade. He practices every other day in school and at least twice a week on his own.
Gabe Hughes, Coatesville Area School District Band Director, expressed his support for the young musician.
“Performing in the District 12 band festival is one of the stepping stones on his journey to post-high school music,” said Hughes.
The band festival will take place at Owen J. Roberts High School from Jan. 24-26.
Read more about the accomplished musician in the Daily Local News here.