FLINT TWP. — Four music students at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School had an opportunity to play in the big leagues last month.
Chosen to perform in the third annual Detroit Symphony Orchestra Middle School Honor Band on March 16 were eighth-graders Cameron Johnson, trumpet; Anjewel Lenoir, French Horn; Tyne Smith, percussion; and Evans Pincomb, percussion.
Students were nominated by each school band director and then chosen by the DSO Honor’s Band Staff, said Milissa Kenworthy, CAMS music and band teacher.
After spending the day rehearsing with DSO musicians, the students performed for family friends, band directors and the public in an evening concert at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Their renown conductor Dr. Kenneth Thompson serves on the conducting staff of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra where he directs the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Wind Symphony and the DSO Civic Philharmonic Orchestra, He also is on staff of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, serving as Artistic Director of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras and Conductor of the TYO Philharmonic.
Were the CAMS musicians nervous about performing in such an accomplished venue?
Cameron said he wasn’t but Evans, Anjewel and Tyne admitted to a few butterflies.
“… It was somewhat nerve racking because I’m not used to socializing with so many people from everywhere,” Tyne said.
Evans said it helped that he’s done a lot of honors bands before.
All of the students said they were inspired to become professional musicians.
“It showed me that I wanted to do a lot better,” Cameron said. “I liked playing with better players and it was a good experience.”
All of the students gave overall rave reviews.
“It was cool it be able to learn songs in one day,” Evans said. “It was cool to work with the professional musicians that helped each section. Orchestra Hall was big and it sounded beautiful. It was cool to get more friends and meet other people from other schools around the state. And also hearing how we could come together as a group only after being together a couple hours.”
Cameron described it as his best experience ever.
“The people I met there were really awesome because they were incredible players and they were nice people to be with,” he said. “The music was beautiful. My favorite song was “Shenandoah” because it sounded peaceful and it was enjoyable to play. It is an experience I will never forget.”