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Tuned into the all-state band
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Students from Effingham County middle schools named to the GMEA all-state band were, from left to right, Martin Carper, Nate Dickey, Steven Boyles and Zach Gatewood. - photo by Photo provided

Four middle school students from Effingham County were selected to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association Middle School All State Band in Athens on March 3-5. Two students from Ebenezer Middle School (Nate Dickey, trumpet and Martin Carper, trumpet) and two students from Effingham County Middle School (Steven Boyles, alto saxophone and Zach Gatewood, trombone) participated in the three-day event. Over 11,000 students in grades 6-8 auditioned for the Georgia All-State Band with around 200 students being selected at the middle school level. 

The band directors at EMS are Kenza Murray and Lisa Mason and the band directors at ECMS are Tony Murray and Lindsay Sandberg.