Brendan Burdick, a senior at North Royalton High School (NRHS), was selected for the 2022 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) All State Band. He plays the tuba in the award-winning NRHS Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. He also is the section leader of the NRHS tuba section.
Burdick is one of only three tuba players in the All State Band chosen by a rigorous audition process amongst the top high school musicians throughout the state of Ohio. The All State Band will be conducted by Major Ryan Nowlin. He is the assistant director of the "President's Own" U.S. Marine Band in Washington, DC and a 1996 graduate of North Royalton High School.
The All State Band performs on Friday, February 4, 2022, at 8 p.m. The concert is being held at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland as part of the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference.
Burdick is the NRHS Marching Band president. He has participated and performed at OMEA Solo & Ensemble events since sixth grade. He plays the bass guitar in the school’s Jazz Band and the musical pit orchestra. Burdick also is a member of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony Group 1 at Case Western University.
Outside of Burdick’s passion for music, he is a member of NRHS National Honor Society, Link Crew, Key Club, Student Council and STAND.
Burdick takes private tuba lessons with Randy Border, professional tuba player and retired band director at Baldwin Wallace and Amherst Schools.
“I am proud to represent North Royalton High School in the All State Band and honored to be selected to participate in such a prestigious ensemble,” said Burdick. “To play under the direction of Major Ryan Nowlin and alongside other student musicians throughout the state is something I am greatly looking forward to.”
“The All State Band is a very elite group and there is a very competitive audition process,” said Band Director David Vitale, North Royalton High School. “Over the years, North Royalton High School has a proud history of being represented in this group, and we are very proud of Brendan being selected for the All-State Band and continuing this tradition.”
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