2019 National Association of Music Education - ANHE

PRESS RELEASE:  August 30, 2019
Superintendent’s Office


2019 National Association of Music Education’s All National Honors Ensembles


During the 2018-2019 school year, along with other accomplished music students from across the state of Connecticut, Benjamin Carriere, from Enfield High School practiced with dedication to gain acceptance into his regional and all-state music honor ensembles, sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association.

And now,
Benjamin Carriere will join the “best of the best” for the National Association of Music Education’s (NAfME) 2019 All-National Honors Ensembles November 7-10, 2019 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States.  Students were chosen through an audition process and were eligible to apply due to their success in their state music festivals and displayed musical excellence.  The ANHE program is a comprehensive and educational experience.  The 2019 ensembles will meet under the leadership of top conductors in the field of music education.

Ben is the first student in Enfield to reach this level of musical excellence in this prestigious ensemble.
  With the support of the Mr. Chris Drezek, Superintendent of the Enfield Public Schools and the Central Office Administration, he will be rehearsing and performing in the 121-member Symphony Orchestra in the percussion section under the baton of world-renowned conductor, Soo Han.  Soo Han is the Director of Orchestral Activities at The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music.  The Symphony Orchestra begins at 9:30am on November 10th, 2019, in the ballroom of the Gaylord Palms Resort, in Orlando, Florida.

Ben is a student of Enfield High School and a member of the Enfield High School Instrumental Music Department.
  He is entering his junior year and is a participating member of the EHS Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Ensembles under the previous instruction of Mark F. Reppucci (band director) and current instruction of Chris Dresko (newly hired band director) and Aaron Ovsiew (assistant band director).  Ben is also a member of the JFK Select Band under the direction of Mr. John Power (middle school band director).  Ben currently studies privately with the Chris Latournes Drum Studio located in Windsor Locks.

Ben’s family is extremely proud of this musical achievement and will be attending the musical adventure as guests.  He would like to thank his drum instructor, Chris Latournes and John Power from Enfield Public Schools for offering their encouragement to perform at the highest level
and for giving him a chance to participate in a percussion ensemble and jazz band.  Ben is very appreciative of the opportunities the Enfield Public Schools have afforded him to get to regionals in middle school and regionals and all-state in high school.  He is very excited to be able to represent Enfield and Connecticut in Orlando”.

Congratulation Ben!
 Thank you for representing the Enfield Community, School District, and Music Program with your incredible musical talents. 


Posted:  08-30-19