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Clinton student among top tuba players

Alex Clark, junior tuba player at Clinton High School, recently auditioned at Dover High School in Region IX’s All-Region try-outs.

The six highest-scoring tuba musicians from each region qualified to audition at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro for a seat in the All-State Band. The All-State auditions, which brought the 54 top tuba players from all regions of the state Arkansas together, were held Feb. 15, 2014. Clark place second in the state of Arkansas and was named to the Wind Symphony Band.

With this top honor, he was treated to four days in Hot Springs, rehearsing with one of the most popular and prolific composers of concert band and orchestral literature in America today, Robert W. Smith of Troy University in Troy, Ala.

At the conclusion of the rehearsals, a concert was held that showcased the talent of the top band in Arkansas. Smith noted during the concert that, “This music we’re performing was not written for high school students but was written for professional musicians, but that goes to show you the talent we have before us.”

Clark has been involved in the Clinton bands since the sixth grade. He is also active in football, track, Bible Club, shooting team, and Grace Church Praise Band. He is the son of Tim and Staci Clark, grandson of Lloyd and Ernestine Clark, Benny Edwards and Sandra Edwards, and great-grandson of Luke and Willie Mae Edwards all of Bee Branch.

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