Alabaster resident represents continent in music competition

August 10, 2017 by  

An assistant band director from Thompson High School was one of only 18 conductors to make it to the finals held in Kerkrade, Netherlands.

Following a successful performance at the University of North Texas, Justin White was selected to represent the US, Mexico, and Canada at the global competition in the Netherlands. White enjoyed an all-expense paid trip to the finals that took place in mid-July.

Over 30 different countries were represented at the competition, with 260 bands, consisting of over 20,000 musicians, performing.

During the event, White was able to receive training from world class conductors and worked with talented youth ensembles from around Europe, likely benefitin his students at Thompson High School when the classes begin again in the fall.

Sponsoring local school music programs and community bands is an option for business owners that are seeking new ways to become more involved in events around the area, such as using printing services to produce posters, newsletters, and printed tickets.

White said:

“The experience was enlightening to how much music is universal in all the different cultures.”

He mentioned that it was a learning experience for him to communicate in gestures with non-English speaking musicians, and was a reminder of how something like music helps everyone to connect and can be used by businesses and individuals to create a better sense of community.