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Kabacinski earns All-State Honor Band spot

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Zach Kabacinski, an eighth grade standout musician at La Porte Middle School, recently received an honor that hasn’t happened in the community for 12 years.

Kabacinski was selected with nine other trumpet players in the state for the Junior IBA All-State Honor Band. 

Kabacinski was also chosen earlier in the school year for the All-Region IBA Honor Band, but he has never participated in an honor band as large as the Junior IBA All-State Honor Band.

To prepare for the audition for the All-State band, Kabacinski had to put time every night into picking up his trumpet and preparing the tunes.

“The audition took a lot of hard work and dedication to complete,” Kabacinski said. “I had to practice a lot and make sure my recordings were the best I could get them before I sent them in.”

He decided to try out after being recommended by his 8th grade band teacher, Mrs. Sullivan. 

I pushed two students to apply because I felt that they were such serious and strong musicians, and Zach was one of them,” Sullivan said. “Each year I consider challenging the top musicians at the middle school to submit audition recordings for this prestigious group; however, some years I do not encourage anyone to apply because the material is much more intense than a typical band class, and the audition process requires a special type of diligence and perseverance.”

Kabacinski was also chosen earlier in the school year for the All-Region IBA Honor Band, but he has never participated in an honor band as large as the Junior IBA All-State Honor Band.

To prepare for the audition for the All-State band, Kabacinski had to put time every night into picking up his trumpet and preparing the pieces.

“The audition took a lot of hard work and dedication to complete,” Kabacinski said. “I had to practice a lot and make sure my recordings were the best I could get them before I sent them in.”

In addition to the achievement on its own, LPHS band programs have not had a student get accepted into the band for 12 years.

“I feel very proud that I was able to have a good enough audition to have the honor of being part of this band,” Kabacinski said. “It’s amazing to me that I was the first musician to make it into this band for 12 years.”

He was a stand out before this accolade. He participates in the LPHS Marching Band, Pep Band, and the middle school’s Jazz and Concert Band. 

He is expected to prepare six songs for his big weekend on January 16th-18th. The band will rehearse for several hours January 16th and 17th, and then the 18th will be celebrated with a concert in Fort Wayne.

The weekend is a huge deal for all of the students going, but Kabacinski is particularly excited to meet new musicians.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting and playing with a lot of other talented musicians,” Kabacinski said. “I’m also really excited to play more challenging and advanced music than I’m used to.”

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