O’Brien, a junior at Tracy High, was awarded a full scholarship to the week-long music camp during the March 24 All-District Music Festival of Tracy Unified School District in West High’s Steve Thornton Gymnasium.
Making the presentation to O’Brien was Ken Cefalo of Main Street Music, sponsor of the music-camp scholarship.
During the concert, Gretchen Talley, representing the Gordon and Anthea Wells Scholarship Fund, presented $250 scholarships to six middle school musicians. The scholarships, for advanced lessons or purchase of an instrument, went to:
• Josh Carpenter, who plays tenor saxophone in the Williams Middle School band. He is also skilled as a percussionist, helping on chimes, xylophone, tympani, bass drum, cymbals, shakers and snare drum, according to instructor David Villa.
• Kelsey Benson-Mandelke, an eighth-grad student at Monte Vista Middle School, who plays flute in the school band. She was named to the San Joaquin County Honor Band. She is also learning to play the piccolo and the oboe, music teacher Randy McMillan said.
• Imani MacAllister, an alto and baritone saxophone player with the North School Band. On her own, she has learned to play the clarinet, reported Mark Williams, her teacher.
• Megan Moxley, who plays trumpet in the Poet Christian School band. She has made a strong commitment to improving her playing ability and is an honors student, according to her teacher, Doreen Callender.
• Christian Balderas, who doubles as an alto and tenor saxophone player in the George Kelly School band. On his own time, he has started to learn the piano and practice saxophone outside of class, said Celia Rosenblum Stime, teacher.
• Parker Slayton, a trumpet player in the Freiler School band, which is a “before-school” program. He arrives early and has a great work ethic, reported his teacher, Elizabeth Dubie.
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