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Young Artist Competition Finalists Announced

Betty Macias performs a flute solo with the U.S Air Force Band during the final installment of the Guest Artist Series concert at the Daughters of the American Revolution Hall in Washington March 4. Ms. Macias was the 2007 winner of the Col Georg S. Howard Young Artist competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Chacon)

Betty Macias performs a flute solo with The U.S Air Force Band during the final installment of the Guest Artist Series concert at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2007. Ms. Macias was the 2007 winner of the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Chacon)

Katherine Kohler, the Col. George S. Howard young artist competition winner, performs with the Air Force Band during their first guest artist series concert of the year at Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall Feb. 22. Charley Pride was the performing artist with Bernie Lucas, host of America’s Music on 98.7 WMZQ, as the guest emcee. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dan DeCook)

Katherine Kohler, the 2009 Col. George S. Howard young artist competition winner, performs with the Air Force Band during their first guest artist series concert of the year at DAR Constitution Hall on Feb. 22. 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dan DeCook)

JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C. -- Established in 1994, the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition is named for the second commander and conductor of The U.S. Air Force Band to honor his years of command (1944 -1963) and his many contributions to the world of music.

The competition is open to high school woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists in grades 9 through 12 who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. This year's competition focused on woodwind instrumentalists; next year it will be open to brass and percussion players.

Applicants from all over the country submit recordings of specified selections. Select students are then invited to play during a final round in Washington, D.C. This year's finalists are:

NAME INSTRUMENT GRADE HOMETOWN
Andrea Maria Cunningham flute 11 Kingsport, Tenn.
Jordan Lulloff saxophone 12 Okemos, Mich.
Katelyn S. McKeirnan clarinet 12 DeSoto, Kan.
Ana M. Nelson clarinet 11 Ripon, Wis.
Aaron Pritchett saxophone 12 Fort Worth, Texas

The final round will take place at Gabriel Hall in Hangar 2 on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Thurs., Jan. 27 beginning at 1 p.m. The judges will be the Band's deputy commander Maj. Scott Guidry and Chief Master Sgt. Carl Long, the concertmaster for the Concert Band.

The winner of this year's Young Artist Competition will perform with The U.S. Air Force Concert Band on March 6 at DAR Constitution Hall as part of the Band's 2011 Guest Artist Series.