Musician Earns All-State Honor

One of over 1800 music students to send in audition tapes to the California All-State Music Conference Committee, sophomore Kevin Deng earned a a coveted spot in the prestigious band at the end of December.  Only 31 other trumpet players statewide were chosen to participate.

Deng feels “very honored and thankful” to have been selected.

“The process was very long. We had to submit a recorded audition consisting of scales and 2 movements of a sonata,” said Deng.

Music teacher Johnny Johnson said, “I’m very proud of Kevin. For a sophomore to make one of the All-State Bands is quite an accomplishment. Kevin is one of our strongest and most consistent musicians.”

To determine whether Deng will play for the CA All-State Symphonic or Concert Band, Deng will audition in person in February, playing “for music directors all across the state who come to the annual conference.”

While there is a distinct difference between a symphonic and concert band, Deng said, “I do not have a preference because both bands will be conducted by great conductors and have a great repertoire. But the audition just determines seating and placement and so hopefully I get a high placement so that I’ll be able to play more melodic parts and maybe even solos.”

Johnson, who has worked with many prodigies as the director of Campolindo’s music program for several years, said, “I was over the moon when I got the email notification from the state organization that he’d made it. Kevin was notified separately so I wasn’t there to see his reaction but I imagine that it was like always: maybe a little smile but not a big display of emotion. He keeps things pretty close to the chest. Anyone who knows him knows what I’m talking about.”