From the Vestal Central School District:
During the 2019–20 school year, along with other accomplished music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Daniel Knipscher from Vestal High School practiced with dedication to gain a chair or part in his local, district, and state music honor ensembles.
And last week, Daniel joined the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) Virtual Event January 7 – 8, 2021. This first-ever All-National Honor Ensembles virtual event included several rehearsals with the 2020 ANHE Conductors and workshops with renowned clinicians. Each ensemble created a final, recorded performance that will be premiered online during the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music In Our Schools Month® in March 2021.
Vestal High School Senior Daniel L. Knipscher preceded this year’s honor with an All-State performance last year, and has been named to the NYSBDA Honor Band previously. In the
community, he has participated in Binghamton Youth Symphony and the Teen Jazz Project.
At school, he is an active member of Jazz Band, Vestal Voices, IB Music, Modern Music and
VHS Talent Fest. Dan’s other interests include math, golf and wood-working.
The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its
highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band,
symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, and modern band (now
in its second year). Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band
and symphony orchestra will each have 120 instrumentalists each, the jazz ensemble 13
instrumentalists, the mixed choir 241 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 45 instrumentalists,
and the modern band 13 performers.
Names, schools, and states, as well as music directors, of the 552 2020 All-National Honor
Ensemble students are available now: nafme.org/ANHE.