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Leiby first Blue Raider to make All State Jazz Band

Posted 3/6/19

Connor Leiby, Middletown Area High School Class of 2020, has been selected by audition to be a member of the 19-piece All State Jazz Band.

With only two alto saxophone seats up for grabs, 27 …

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Leiby first Blue Raider to make All State Jazz Band

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Connor Leiby, Middletown Area High School Class of 2020, has been selected by audition to be a member of the 19-piece All State Jazz Band.

With only two alto saxophone seats up for grabs, 27 students from around the state battled for the spots. He submitted five audition recordings, which earned him the right to sit in one of those seats, a feat which has never been accomplished by a Middletown student, according to the district.

Leiby picked up his first alto sax as a fourth-grader at Kunkel Elementary School under the direction of elementary band teacher Catherine Kaslusky. That same year, he began private lessons with Sam Fisher and then added lessons with a jazz sax instructor at Lebanon Valley College during eighth grade.

Leiby will rehearse and perform with the All State Jazz Band in Pittsburgh the first week of April.

He said he plans to follow that experience with an audition for the All National Honor Jazz Ensemble, which could send him to Florida in November.