Local school musician selected for the Sousa Honor Band

CALDWELL (WVDN) — Cedric Allder of Caldwell has been accepted as a member of the 2022 John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band.

This highly selective national student concert orchestra will meet in central Massachusetts June 26-30.
Allder is the son of Tasha and Jim Allder.

He is a member of the music department at Greenbrier East High School where he is a student of his father, Jim Aller, band manager.

Cédric Allder is drum major of the group Spartan Marching, first euphonium of the symphonic group and bassist of the group 2nd Block Rock.

The John Philip Sousa National High School Honor Band will meet at Harvard, Mass. June 26-30 with performances in Gardner and Athol, Mass. June 27 and
28, respectively.

The main concert will take place on Wednesday evening June 29 at 7 p.m. in the historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass.

Mechanics Hall is the site of many performances by the original Sousa Band. The National Honor Band will be led by Michael J. Colburn, recent director of the Butler University Wind Ensemble and former director of the United States Marine Band “The President’s Own” in Washington, D.C.

High school orchestra students from all states and territories in the United States who were in grades 9 through 12 during the 2021-2022 school year were eligible to audition.

Colburn will also be assisted by guest conductor Frank L. Battisti, founder and director emeritus of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble in Boston.

Acceptance into this honorary orchestra is considered a significant musical achievement of national significance. The 2022 group is made up of 90 students representing 25 US states from coast to coast.