Red Oak Middle School eighth-grader Kenton Morgan participated in the All-District Band competition with Red Oak Middle School Band on Jan. 5 in Greenville.
Kenton did something very rare, he got first chair in three instruments competing against approximately 100 other percussionists. Kenton got first chair in snare drum, bells and timpani. Making first chair makes him eligible to audition for All-State Band competition in March.
He is allowed only one instrument for All-State audition. He chose snare drums. His band teachers are Brooke Rackley and Mark Stauffer. Stauffer said that he has not seen another student do this in his 18 years of teaching.
Red Oak Middle School has one of the best middle school band programs in the state. Kenton also gives credit to Jim Boyce for advancing him with his percussion. Boyce, who is associate band director at Northern Nash High School, teaches him private percussion lesson. Boyce said that he has had only one other student that came close to getting three first chairs.
Kenton, 13, is the son of Dan and Lynn Morgan of the Battleboro community.