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Eppler 7th Grader selected for DSO honors ensemble
Eppler 7th Grader selected for DSO honors ensemble
Posted on 05/05/2022
Nathan SiegertNot many first year band students have a resume that includes a performance at the Orchestra Hall. 

But Eppler seventh-grader Nathan Siegert can claim that strong start after being selected to perform in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Middle School Honor Days Ensemble in March. 

“I was so excited when I found out and it was such a fun day,” Siegert said. “I got to meet a lot of other people who are in love with music as much as I am.”

Siegert, who plays the alto saxophone, performed in the Sousa band concert. Siegert was sent sheet music ahead of time for practice and worked with the 50-piece band for six hours prior to the performance.

Siegert was selected for the honor based on the recommendation of his band teacher Brett Bays and private teacher Emily Borus. 
Bays called Siegert a “a hard-working student” who takes piano lessons and was also selected to perform in the MSBOA District 16 Middle School Honors Band.

Siegert said he was inspired to pick up the alto saxophone by his cousin, who performs in the Utica High School band. 

“To me, it sounds the best out of all of the other instruments,” he said. “And it takes a lot of skill to play because you can’t have too tight or draw it too loose.” 
After a great beginning for his musical career, Siegert said he plans to carry his band participation through Utica High School and possibly into college. No matter how long he continues performing, however, Siegert knows his love of music will last a lifetime. 
“Music is such a key part of the world. It would be really boring if we had no music,” he said. “It’s just fun to play.”