Beatrice Brown, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, was recently selected to take part in the National Association for Music Education All-National High School Concert Band.
Brown, a flutist, is the first Kennedy student to be selected for the honor and the first instrumental student selected in the district’s history.
“I’m incredibly proud of her,” said Walter Avellaneda, Kennedy’s band director. “It’s a great accomplishment for the program to have such a talented student represent the school. Bea is one of the hardest-working musicians here.”
Brown has performed at Carnegie Hall and was a member of the All-State ensemble last year. She also plays in the school’s wind ensemble, pit band, pep band and jazz band. Outside of school, Brown plays flute with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, which comprises student musicians from across Long Island.
Brown will perform with other All-National students from across the country at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Oct. 29.
NAME is a large arts education organization that advocates for music education at the local, state and federal levels. It provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators, including professional development and special events. The association has existed since 1907. Its objective is to ensure that students have access to comprehensive, high-quality music instruction.