During the 2016-17 school year, along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Jason Tuttle from Pilgrim High School practiced to gain a part in his local, district and state music honor ensembles.
Tuttle will join the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles November 28-29 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Jazz Band and Choir concerts take place today and the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra concerts begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the ballrooms at Disney Coronado Springs Resort.
Jason, a tenor with a soulful voice, is a member of the Pilgrim High School Chorus and Chorale. He is a rehearsal assistant (class vocalist) to his chorus class, requiring him on days to warm up his peers as well as run/conduct music. Jason has been featured as a soloist in concerts as well as school-wide events. His hard work, diligence and dedication have gotten him into the Rhode Island Senior All State Mixed Choir three years in a row. He also attended the All-National Honor Choir (All National Mixed Choir) last year at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Jason is only one of five students representing the state of Rhode Island for the All National Mixed Choir.
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. Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have 155 and 152 instrumentalists, respectively, the jazz ensemble 21 instrumentalists and the mixed choir 281 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.