UCS student selected to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of Honors Performance Series
UCS student selected to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of Honors Performance Series
Posted on 03/27/2018
Student with trumpet and band teacher
A Utica Community Schools junior high school student will be performing at Carnegie Hall this June as part of a national honors series.

Eppler Junior High School eighth grader Andy Lasceski has been selected to perform as a trumpeter as part of the 2018 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

“We are proud of Andy’s selection and the hard work and determination that went into this recognition,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “His participation in the national honors group will be a positive representation of Utica Community Schools to an international audience of music lovers.”

Lasceski earned entry into the series based on a review of an application and audition tape by a national Honors Selection Board.

He has studied music for three years and is a member of the Zenith Brass Ensemble, Eppler Junior High band, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s All State Honors Band and the Utica High School Marching Band. His music teacher at Eppler is Brett Bays. 

“I am excited for this experience and I know it will be a great help for my career,” Lasceski said.

He will join performers from the United States, Canada, Isle of Man, Mexico and Taiwan. 

The performers will come together for five days in New York City. Honors musicians will have the opportunity to learn from Curt Ebersole - Conductor/Music Director of the Westchester Symphonic Winds - work with other junior finalists and explore New York City.

The June 23 performance is open to the public.
“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each junior finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said program director Nancy Richardson. “We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget.”