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Anthony Berardi attending PMEA All-State Conference

Abigail Eckenrod
Anthony Berardi, sophomore, received 2nd chair at the Region 3 Band festival and will be attending the PMEA All-State Conference in the Wind Ensemble.

This week’s artist of the week is sophomore Anthony Berardi, who recently received 2nd chair at Region 3 Band and is attending the PMEA All-State Conference as a percussion in the all-state wind ensemble.

Outside of competing in festivals, Anthony participates in marching band, jazz band, and concert band. His favorite is marching band because he enjoys going to the Friday night games and being able to play music to support his school.

“The feeling I get when marching out to the field and performing is unbeatable,” commented Berardi.

In his music career, he has made it to Jr. High County band in 9th grade, and this year he has attended both District and Region band. The All-State Convention is in April.

It’s truly my passion. I have made good progress and I don’t plan to stop.

— Anthony Berardi

Every time I get behind a drum set or a xylophone all of my problems just disappear. It is my way of being able to express myself and enjoy my passion while doing so,” Anthony explained.

As of now, Anthony would like to go to Penn State, although he’s undecided on a major. He has been going between either something music related or math related. He does plan to continue music into college because he is very passionate about it. He wants to start a band and play in any concert band, symphony, marching band, or drum corps he can.

Anthony has got a unique style all his own, and his music teacher appreciates it.

“I’m very impressed with Anthony’s hard work!” said Band Director Mr. Patrick Sachse. “He rocks his serious classical percussion skills just as hard as he rocks his jean jacket. It’s great to see his dedication to a wide variety of styles and skillsets.”

One piece of advice that Anthony would give to younger students wishing to be successful in music would be that nothing is learned overnight.

“It takes a long time to truly understand music and be able to play it. Do not get upset if you can’t do something right away. It can take weeks, months, or even years to learn something properly,” Berardi said.

Congratulations Anthony! We’re excited to see what the PMEA All-State conference has in store for you!

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