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WCHS Senior Halen Pharis recognized at Board of Education Meeting

KMEA All-State Concert Band

WCHS Senior Halen Pharis performed in the 2020 All-State Concert Band at the Kentucky Performing Arts Center during the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference recently held in Louisville. He was the first Concert Band student at Wayne County in the past ten years to become an All-State KMEA student musician. Band Director Andy Critz estimated that his student ranked 15th out of over 1500 clarinet high school band members across the state.

"Halen is extremely talented and really put some work behind that talent this school year," Critz explained to the board members. "There are great experiences that come from those three days working under a college band concert director rehearsing eight hours a day."

Pharis recently performed the national anthem at the opening of a local basketball game recently, as well as at the February board meeting.

KY Music Educators Association Conference Program Cover

Cover of the program

2020 All-State Band

The entire KMEA All-State Concert Band preparing to perform in Louisville.

Clarinet section at the KMEA All-State Band

The clarinet section can be seen at the concert.


Local music educators posed for a photo with Halen Pharis at the conference

Wayne County Music Educators Tyler Cook, Andy Critz and former Wayne County Music Educator Logan Butler were proud to support local musician Halen Pharis in Louisville.

list of musicians that Halen performed with at the event

Halen and some of his peers from across the state were listed in the program.

Halen Pharis played the National Anthem for the board members

Senior Halen Pharis played the National Anthem at the beginning of the board meeting.

Halen Pharis receives a certificate from Board of Ed Chairperson Donna Blevins

Wayne County Board of Education Chairperson Donna Blevins enjoyed visiting with Halen as she presented him with a certificate

Band Director Andy Critz with clarinet player Halen Pharis

Wayne County High School Band Director Andy Critz with Halen Pharis

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