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May 20, 2014

IHS alum to play for prestigious symphony

 

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Issaquah High School alumni Andy Abel’s musical aspirations took a major leap forward after receiving an unexpected phone call from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center.

“I was not expected to get in,” Abel said. “But when I got the call from (associate director of student affairs) Michael Nock, I tried to be very professional about it and called him back an hour later and said, ‘Yes, I would love to accept the fellowship position.’”

Abel, a Sammamish resident and now a freshman at the University of Washington, was awarded the Juliet Esselborn Geier Memorial Fellowship to study and perform with the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts this summer.

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Tuba player wins top musician title

March 26, 2013

Sammamish resident tuba player Andy Abel is the National Winner in the Brass category of the Music Teachers National Association Senior Performance competition, held at the MTNA National Conference, in Los Angeles, on March 10.

He competed against other division winners in the Brass Senior Performance category, which includes tuba, trumpet, trombone, French horn and euphonium musicians. To get there, he had to book his tuba its own seat on the plane.

Contributed Andy Abel, Issaquah High School senior, recently had to pay for an extra seat to take his tuba to a contest.

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Andy Abel, Issaquah High School senior, recently had to pay for an extra seat to take his tuba to a contest.

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