Middle School Bandmates Join Parade in San Jose

From left to right, the CMEA Honor Band features Alameda students Sharon He on oboe, Emily Tran on clarinet and Armen Phelps on trumpet this year.

Three eighth grade musicians represented Lincoln Middle School (LMS) recently at the California Music Educators’ Bay Area Section Winter Conference and Honor Band Concert. The students were specially selected by the California Music Education Association (CMEA) committee.

The three honored students — Sharon He (oboe), Emily Tran (clarinet) and Armen Phelps (trumpet) — are members of the Advanced Band at LMS and students of Tyra Ingram Cable, the Lincoln music director. LMS was one of 65 middle schools in the 15 counties of the Greater Bay Area and Central Valley that had band students participating in one of eight sections. Each year music departments all over the state nominate outstanding students in band, choir and orchestra to perform in the CMEA Honor Band, Honor Choir and Honor Orchestra concerts held at regional centers around the state. Student musicians attended rehearsal all day Friday, Jan. 10, and Saturday morning, Jan. 11, at San Jose State University (SJSU) in downtown San Jose.

The CMEA Honor Band Concert was held in the Concert Hall in the Music Building at SJSU Saturday afternoon. Renowned music educators and professional musicians led the rehearsals and conducted the young musicians in their spectacular honor concert. Sharon He is the daughter of Jing and Kevin He. Emily Tran is the daughter of Jasmine and Minh Tran. Armen Phelps is the son of Nayree and Armen Phelps. All three students live in Alameda with their families. All three students are in their third year of playing their instruments in the LMS band.