Guitar players shine at All-State convention

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After months of preparation, the time had finally come for All-State guitarists to showcase their talent. Six Heritage students attended Florida Music Association’s All-State Guitar Convention, held in Tampa Jan. 8-10.

Sophomores Jordyn Kurlander, Ian Laor and Matthew Garbarino, juniors Grant Sizemore and Jacob Kasner and senior Sarah Ham all qualified for the convention back in November to play alongside thirty-four other student qualifiers.

To kick off the convention, the qualifiers had to attend a two-hour rehearsal Tuesday night, followed by another eight-hour rehearsal session the next day. Thursday consisted of a similar schedule, with a four-hour rehearsal block in the morning and a performance for the group around midday.

Since the convention was the first time all forty students could practice together, all fourteen hours of rehearsal went into a thirty-minute performance that consisted of six pieces.

“It was an incredible experience. Overall, it was a great way to meet other guitarists from around the state,” Sizemore said. “You learn a lot more than you typically would in a normal guitar class. You just learn by playing, and I enjoy that more than just reading music.”

The 2018-2019 All-State guitar group rehearses for their first concert together. (Video submitted by Jacob Kasner)

Joanne is a junior at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. Although this is only her second year on the newspaper staff, her passion for journalism is a crucial part of her life. In addition to constantly advertising iPatriot, Joanne is also a member of Quill and Scroll and Key Club and serves as treasurer of the English Honor Society, secretary of the Chinese Honor Society and secretary and historian for the Mu Alpha Theta math team. While she does consider herself quite the math nerd, in her free time she enjoys listening to music or learning how to improve her photography.

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