The Avon Lake High School Symphonic Band is one of eight ensembles nationwide selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City April 4. The Symphonic Band, the premier instrumental ensemble in the Avon Lake High School band program, consists of 58 students chosen by audition. As part of the selection process for Carnegie Hall, the ensemble submitted recordings of their performances of “Children’s March” by Percy Grainger and “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein. The Symphonic Band performed at Severance Hall in Cleveland in 2011 and at Orchestra Hall in Chicago in 2013.
The Avon Lake Symphonic Band is directed by David Eddleman who is currently in his 11th year as the director and conductor of bands at Avon Lake High School. He also directs the marching band, pep band, concert band, and jazz ensemble. Since 2010, he has served as orchestra director for the high school musicals. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as department chair for fine arts and technology.
With assistance from the Avon Lake Band Boosters, students have provided all of their own funds to participate in this extraordinary opportunity.