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Monday, February 20, 2017

ACC Student Named to All State Band

ACC Student Named to All State Band

While she’s not an accomplished flautist, Alvin Community College Band major Dalia Castelan said it was purely by chance that she picked the instrument up in junior high school.

Her friend played the instrument and asked her to play along with her.

“I’ve been playing now since I was 12,” she said.

Castelan, of Alvin, was recently named to the Texas Community College All State Band. She performed recently in the All State Band Concert in San Antonio earlier this month.

"She is a wonderful student and excellent musician," ACC Band Director David Griffith said.

Students from 20 Texas community colleges try out for the All State Band every year and only a few are selected to perform at the February concert. Each participant submits recorded entries which are then judged.

"Making the Community College All State Band is a great honor and is achieved by hard work and dedication.  I am very proud of her accomplishment," Griffith said.

As part of the concert, Castelan attended the Texas Music Educators Association clinic and rehearsed with a university director for four days before performing in the concert.

When she was first told about making the team, Castelan said she got emotional. She put in many hours of work for her audition.

“I started crying,” she said. “I had been practicing the music so intensely.”

Her music talents extend beyond the flute. This year she was also chosen for the Choir’s All State honors as well. The All State Choir concert was performed at the same conference as the All State Band.

“I didn’t want to have to choose but I ended up performing with the band,” she said with a laugh.

Castelan wants to continue her education and hopefully one day become a music educator herself. She enjoys working with other students and passing on the love of music.

“I really want to teach children instruments,” she said. “I want so much to see them grow as students.”

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