Clinton teen earns seat on All-State Band

One of the highest honors a high school musician in Arkansas can earn is a seat in the All-State Band. Alex Clark, a sophomore tuba player from Clinton High School, recently earned that honor and a chance to perform with the best musicians from across Arkansas.

In December 2012, Alex auditioned for the Region XI Honor Band and placed third overall, giving him to the chance to compete against all other regions top players for the chance to make the All-State band in February. After 54 of the state’s best tuba players had completed auditions and nearly 800 students total heard, Alex had made the cut and was selected to the All-State Concert Band. As a reward, he and the other all-state students spent the week in Hot Springs rehearsing with guest conductor David Starnes of Western Carolina University preparing for a weekend concert.

"I am very impressed with Alex and the dedication he puts into his music," said Clinton band director, Michael Wells. "I had a feeling Alex would be an All-State player in time, but to earn this honor as a 10th grader, I am blown away by his work ethic."

Alex is the son of Tim and Staci Clark; grandson of Lloyd and Ernestine Clark, Benny Edwards, and Sandra Edwards, all of Bee Branch; and great-grandson of Luke and Willie Mae Edwards of Bee Branch.