Kamiakin Junior High School’s music department congratulates ninth-grader Erik Wictor for achieving the highest honor among his high school peers throughout the state. Erik submitted a recorded audition to the Washington Music Educators Association last October and was accepted into this year’s All-State Band, which recognizes him as one of Washington’s finest trombone players.
For four days, Wictor will rehearse extensively and then perform in the 54th annual WMEA All-State concert with stellar musicians from around our state on Feb. 15 in Spokane’s beautiful INB Performing Arts Center.
Erik prepared himself for this round of auditions while still in 7th grade by auditioning for the WMEA’s Junior All-State Band, to which he was also accepted. Following in Erik’s footsteps at Kamiakin are this year’s Jr. All-State musicians who will perform with Washington’s top 8th grade instrumentalists at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien this coming March: Colin Pate, trombone; Tim Roetcisoender, clarinet; Ty Baird, tenor saxophone; Ryan Duval-Fowler, alto saxophone; Steve Johnson, cello; Nick Lemmer, viola; and Matthew Paige, cello.
As well as playing with Kamiakin’s Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble, Wictor is a member of this year’s LWSD All-District Honor Band, a “Quest” and Honor Society student, plays select soccer and takes private trombone lessons with one of the state’s most accomplished low brass teachers, Cathy Cole.