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Five Effingham students chosen for all-state band
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Effingham County students selected for the middle school all-state band were, left to right, Niamh Kavanagh, Sanaya Gardin, Rebekah Zettler, Katie Wyman and Wyatt Smith. - photo by Photo provided

Five students from Effingham County were selected to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association middle school all-state band in Athens on Feb. 26-28.

Three students from Ebenezer Middle School — Sanaya Gardin, clarinet; Niamh Kavanagh, bassoon; and Katie Wyman, percussion — and two students from Effingham County Middle — Wyatt Smith, bass clarinet; and Rebekah Zettler, contra-alto clarinet — participated in the three-day event.

More than 11,000 students in grades 6-8 auditioned for the Georgia all-state band, with approximately 200 students being selected at the middle school level.

Kenza Murray is the Ebenezer Middle School band director and Tony Murray is the Effingham County Middle band director.