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Alexandria band students selected to all-state ensemble

Two Alexandria band students were recently selected as members of the 2013-2014 Minnesota Band Director’s Association (MBDA) All-State Jazz Ensemble.

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Jack Anderson, tenor sax Matthew Bittmann, baritone saxStudents selected from Alexandria were 9th grader Jack Anderson, tenor sax, and 10th grader Matthew Bittmann, baritone sax.

Each year, MBDA sponsors special opportunities for students in the state of Minnesota through their school concert and jazz programs.

The MBDA State Jazz Ensemble is a select group of 20 jazz musicians that auditioned from across the state. Students auditioned on etudes, scales and improvisation and were chosen by professional adjudicators for membership.

Both Bittmann and Anderson will have the opportunity to perform with other high school jazz musicians from Minnesota and work with a professional jazz instructor.

The MBDA All-State Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Mid-Winter Clinic on Friday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Convention Center in Minneapolis.