Four Jackson High School band students completed a rigorous audition process to compete for positions in the National Festival Orchestra, an elite ensemble that will perform a Gustav Mahler symphony in Carnegie Hall in New York City in January under the direction of maestro Lucas Foss.
Four students from the Mill Creek school made the cut: senior percussionist Travis Abel, senior clarinetist Kim Frederickson, senior flutist Janelle Arenz and junior French horn player Nicole Gessel.
The four will complete a five-day program in New York City where they, along with other college and high school musicians, will rehearse their music prior to the Carnegie Hall performance.
All four are active in the school’s music program, from the honors Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble to Jazz Choir, youth symphony, jazz combos, church groups and other ensembles.
State Patrol promotes voting
The State Patrol has established a new voter registration link at www.wsp.wa.gov, the patrol’s home page on the Internet.
Gov. Gary Locke asked state agencies to promote voter registration.
The new link will take viewers to the secretary of state’s elections and voting site that offers information about general elections, past election results, election reform, voter registration, voting guides and election statistics.
New lane open for big I-90 climb
Eastbound travelers on I-90 will have an easier time climbing from the Indian John Hill Rest Area to Elk Heights these days. A new 2.2-mile truck climbing lane is open, 89 miles east of Seattle on I-90.
This new lane allows slow-moving trucks and recreational vehicles to safely move out of regular 70 mph traffic. When three lanes are available, trucks are required to travel in the two right lanes. This leaves the far left lane open for vehicles traveling the speed limit.
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