Jonathan Bartling, a 7th grade student who attends St. Marys Middle School, made it into the Georgia Music Educators Association 2016 All-State Band. Jonathan is the first student from St. Marys Middle School to ever earn this distinguished honor.
This past December, Jonathan auditioned along with thousands of other band students from across the state at their local district levels. The first audition consisted of major scales, chromatic scale, and a prepared musical etude, and sight-reading. His score on the French Horn was high enough, that he advanced to the 2nd round of the All-State Band auditions.
On Saturday, January 9, 2016, Jonathan auditioned in Perry, GA with 1,000 other middle school band students from across the state of Georgia. The second audition process is a blind audition where students have prepared two musical etudes and participate in sight-treading .The All-State Band only accepts 16 French horn players from the 7th and 8th grade. Jonathan earned a spot as the 3rd chair horn player.
The All-State Band event takes place March 3-5, 2016, in Athens, Georgia. St. Marys Middle School is very proud to have one of its own represent the school and the Camden County School System.
Jonathan is the son of Thorsten and Carli Bartling of Kingsland, GA.