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Isaac Nazelrodt
Issac Nazelrodt

Isaac Nazelrodt was selected to perform in this year’s West Virginia All-State Orchestra. Nazelrodt, a sophomore at Petersburg High School, auditioned for All State in December, and was notified in January that he was chosen to be a member of the All State Orchestra.

Nazelrodt serves as drum major for the Petersburg High School Marching Vikings and plays tuba during the concert season under the direction of Kathryn Staub.

Other notable honors he has received musically are 2018 Virginia Tech Honor Band, 2018 West Virginia University Honor Band where he was chosen for the Mountaineer Band (top honor), 2018 State FFA Band, and 2018 National FFA Band, in which he was able to share the stage with President Donald Trump. He was also chosen to serve as drum major for the 2018 National FFA Band, and he, along with his fellow drum majors, led the band into the convention center in Indianapolis to kick off the convention.

Nazelrodt participated in the 249th Army Band’s Master Class in November to help him prepare for his All-State audition. He was then invited back to perform with the 249th Army Band for their annual Christmas Concert in Morgantown.

Nazelrodt traveled to Charleston to begin practicing with the orchestra on March 7. He was the only tuba to be a part of the orchestra’s wind ensemble. The orchestra practiced Thursday and Friday in preparation for the 73rd annual In-Service Conference All-State Concerts. The orchestra prepared their repertoire which included “Slavonic Dances, Op.46- Dance No. 8, G Minor” by Antonin Dvorak, “March Slav” by Pyotr Iluich Tchaikovsky, “Danse Bacchanale” by Camille Saint-Saens and “The Magnificent Seven” by Elmer Bernstein. The Orchestra was conducted by Dr. Christo- pher Selby.

When asked about the experience, Nazelrodt stated, “It was an amazing experience that opened my eyes into a field of music that I had not yet encountered. It was truly an honor.”

When questioned about what he wanted to share with his fel- low PHS band members about the experience Nazelrodt said, “That there are opportunities for kids from a small town and that nothing comes without hard work.” In regards to what he wants to see from the band program at Petersburg High School, Nazelrodt had this to say, “I would like to see our music program grow and become more of a part of the school day. I also would like to see better music education opportunities for all grade levels beginning with preschool and continuing through 12th grade.”

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