Fort Zumwalt South High seniors Ben Dufour and Kyle Spies traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to play the Grand Ole Opry as members of the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles on Oct. 29.
The journey to Nashville began at the Metro 8 District Honors Band competition, where Dufour and Spies each won first chair on their respective instruments. That success advanced them to the All-State Band Audition in Columbia, where they each won chairs in the All-State Band.
Dufour and Spies were among thousands of high school musicians to send in a taped audition for the national competition and were among 670 high school musicians who performed on the Opry stage.
The students performed with the National Concert Band in a concert that also featured top jazz band, orchestra and choir students from across the country.
Both seniors are active in National Honor Society and the A+ program. Dufour and Spies also work with beginning brass musicians in the South Middle School Jazz band and play for the St. Charles Youth Symphony.
Outside of school, both participate in Slides 7, a trombone ensemble made-up of the top players from Fort Zumwalt South, North and East, as well as Francis Howell North.