Courtesy Photo Jackson Parker.

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Jackson Parker.

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Jackson Parker, senior trombonist with the Grayson County High School Band, has earned district, state, individual and ensemble honors during his music career. That talent and dedication will soon find him joining music students from across the United States and overseas in a showcase of the "best of the best" during the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles. The event will be held Nov. 26-29, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Only 608 students from 49 states and territories were selected for the elite spots. Auditions, open solely to students who had been selected to their respective All-State Band, were based on two recordings, as well as an application. Parker, who learned of his selection to the Concert Band last summer, was one of only three Kentucky students to be chosen.

"This is a huge honor, and to my knowledge, Jackson is the only Grayson County student that has ever received such an honor," said band co-director, Ashley Bell.

Parker has previously been named to the KY All State Band, the 4th District, All-District Symphonic Band, and has received numerous distinguished ratings at KMEA solo and ensemble events. He is the son of Gary and Tonya Parker.

According to the NAFME website, the All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have 155 and 152 instrumentalists respectively, the jazz ensemble 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed choir 281 vocalists.

Students will rehearse a challenging repertoire with one of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States before the concert finale.

National Association for Music Education, among the world's largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

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Jackson Parker.