CHARLES TOWN — A Jefferson County High School senior will be marching in the prestigious national All Star Invitational Marching Band in January.
James Turner was selected out of thousands of the best musicians from all over the world.
The band will perform during halftime at the Bowl Championship Series game in Miami.
“The game is the biggest college football game of the year,” said John P. Lynch, Jefferson High School band director, who nominated Turner.
“He plays a euphonium, and instrument similar to a trombone, sometimes called a baritone,” Lynch said.
Turner said he is ecstatic to have been selected.
“I’m so excited to be able to represent the Jefferson High School band and Mr. Lynch,” said Turner, “(and) to show off our new uniforms and instrument.”
Turner said as part of the competition to make the all-star band he had to submit a DVD of himself marching and playing his euphonium.
“To participate in the all-star band is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.
Turner is the first student from Jefferson High and from Jefferson County to be selected to this band.
“James’ acceptance is a direct result of his talent, dedication and achievements,” Lynch said.
“He’s an extremely hard worker, very talented, very intelligent and has done everything in his power to put himself to be in this position.”
Turner credits his achievement to Lynch and also to Charles Wall from Harpers Ferry Middle School
Each year, the All Star Invitational Marching Band officials bring together the most talented high school marching band performers to work with the biggest names in the marching profession and showcase their skills at national events.
Turner, the son of Kathy and Tim Turner of Harpers Ferry, said, “Music is always something great to have in your life. I love it. It runs in my family.”
Turner said he would always have music in his life but he wants to make a career as a radiologist.
“I want to help people — to do my part to advance the human race,” he said.