Xaverian senior Laila Halpern and junior Christopher LeDoux were selected to participate in the prestigious and competitive New York State School Music Association All-State Festival at the 86th Annual Winter Conference in Rochester, New York. Laila, a trombone player, and Christopher, a trumpet player, will play with about 700 other students in New York’s highest-level high school groups in Orchestra and Symphonic Band, respectively.
Throughout her seven years as a musician, Laila Halpern has played with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall for their 36th Annual Gala, marched in several parades throughout New York City, and is a member of Xaverian’s Select Band, Jazz Band, Trombone Quartet, Brass Quintet, Jazz Combo, and Select Jazz Band. The Music at Xaverian Program has provided Laila with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, like All-State and Tunnel to Towers, that ultimately fueled her love for music. On performing in these bands, Laila remarked, “Being able to meet other talented musicians and put smiles on people’s faces made band seem less like a chore and more like a passion for me.”
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