The Rhode Island Army National Guard's "Governor's Own" 88th Army Band has extended an invitation to PCD Junior Laura McCarty to perform with its symphonic concert band. Featuring talented soldier/musicians, the local music group performs all over Rhode Island including events at the State House, WaterFire, and Bristol's hallmark 4th of July festivities, among other popular summer concert series events.
Commander and Bandmaster Todd J. Garrepy says McCarty's incredible talent and unyielding devotion are extremely impressive and invited her personally to perform with the Army Band in their upcoming spring and summer public performance series. He recognized her talent following her recent success with the Rhode Island Music Education Association. She placed second on bassoon in the RIMEA All-State Band competition. McCarty will perform in the RIMEA Annual All-State Orchestra held at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence on Sunday, March 17.
The RIMEA "All-State Week" celebrates Rhode Island music education by showcasing more than 900 student musicians in a series of concerts including guitar ensembles, jazz ensembles, bands, choruses and orchestras. The student musicians selected to perform in the All-State concerts represent the best in Rhode Island.
Fellow classmate and musician, Julianna Dick '20 is also selected to perform at the RIMEA All-State concert and has been recognized as one of the top ten student violin players in the state. McCarty and Dick were selected among more than 2,000 high school students that auditioned in the fall. The All-State event marks Juli's third consecutive year performing and tops other signature concert performances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and classical music movement, "Bach in the Subways."