The Templeton High Music Department is known as an outstanding program but in all its years of success it has never had a performer do what senior David Magie has recently accomplished. David was just accepted to the California All-State Wind Symphony, the most elite honor ensemble in the state! While there have been other THS students accepted to All-State ensembles in the past, David is the first THS student EVER to earn a spot in the Wind Symphony! Being selected into this group ranks David in the top 8 French horn players in the state.
“I was confident that he would make it into one of the four All-State ensembles but was blown away when the audition results were posted a few days ago!” — David Landers, THS Band Director
David and Mr. David Landers, THS Band Director, recorded his audition before Thanksgiving and it was impeccable. Mr. Landers said, “I was confident that he would make it into one of the four All-State ensembles (in order of prestige: Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, Concert Band) but was blown away when the audition results were posted a few days ago!”
The Wind Symphony is almost always comprised of students from major metropolitan areas with access to private lessons from some of the top musicians and teachers in the world. A special shout out to David’s private teacher, Jane Swanson, for her amazing work with him over the last few years. It is very uncommon for a small town musician to earn such a revered position.
Of course nothing comes without a lot of practice. David has been playing musical instruments for 12 years and specifically the French Horn for 7 years and practices between an hour and a half and two hours a day. He also plays the trumpet and mellophone. And having music parents doesn’t hurt either. Both of David’s parents were music majors in college.
“I am greatly honored to have been admitted into All-State. It took months of rehearsal and years of work, and admission into the top band makes all of it worthwhile,” David shared when reflecting on the honor.
“When I became an upperclassman, I was honored to get to give back to the band and guide the younger members. ” — David Magie
David shares that his favorite part of the Templeton High School music program is getting to play in the marching band for the last five years. Entering the band in eighth grade, I looked up to the seniors and aspired to play like them. When I became an upperclassman, I was honored to get to give back to the band and guide the younger members.
“My future plans”, David said, “are to attend a four-year university and major in engineering and minor in French Horn performance.”
In addition to being in the marching band, David has taken concert band for two years and jazz band for two years with Mr. Landers who shared that David, “has an incredible work ethic, he’s honest about himself and his strengths and weaknesses. The thing that makes David so is how hard he working on those weaknesses.”
Next up David will be attending the All State Convention in February at the Fresno Convention Center. While there he will be auditioning for his chair. Each of the 8 French Horn players will be doing a blind audition and a panel of band directors will determine 1st – 8th chair. Following the determining of chairs there will be 2 1/2 days of 8 hour a day practices.
At the end of the convention guests will hear the All State performers in concert being directed by Anthony Maiello, the Director of Bands from George Mason University.
Congratulation David. We are proud of you.