My sons competed in their first high school solo/ensemble festival this weekend. The top players for each instrument go on to compete at the state level. Both got wonderful feedback from their adjudicators, and Owen was selected as first alternate in the clarinet solo category. His teacher wrote "This is a huge accomplishment as this category had a huge number of entries and is very competitive."
They are 14 and both started playing when they were 10. I could not be any prouder of my kids.