SCOTCH PLAINS – Union Catholic High School Freshman Jackie Quan of Edison recently auditioned for and was accepted into the elite Central Jersey High School Symphonic Band. Quan was one of 110 students from five counties in the Central Jersey area who auditioned for the clarinet section. The top 16 students went to the Wind Ensembles and Orchestra and the next 24 were selected for the Symphonic Band. Quan was auditioning against other freshmen, as well as sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
To prepare for her audition, Quan practiced for an hour a day and, as the day of the audition got closer, she practiced for two hours a day. The audition consisted of sight-reading, scales, and a solo. Quan noted, “I always get very nervous and scared because you only get one chance to play.” Quan is thrilled that her fears were unfounded.
Quan plans to play at regions every year, but hopes to be a part of the Wind Ensemble or Orchestra next year as a sophomore. Her goal is to be in the All Eastern Band as a senior. As a member of the Honors and Accelerated academic programs at Union Catholic, Band does not currently fit into Quan’s schedule, but she plans to be a part of the Union Catholic Band with Don Frio during her junior and senior year.