The Tappan Zee High School Music Department has announced that senior flutist Melissa Aleles was accepted into this year's New York All-State Symphonic Band. Senior trumpeter Jordan Rinchiera was named as an All-State Band alternate.

Auditions for All-State ensembles take place every year in the spring and are extremely competitive. Of the many thousands of students that audition across the state, only 350 reach the All-State Festival. Both students performed level VI works (the highest level of difficulty) and received a score of 100.

The students will travel to Rochester on Nov. 29, where they will rehearse up to eight hours a day for three days with some of the nation's most renowned conductors.

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The final performances Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, will take place at the Eastman Theater, which is one of the major performing halls in the United States.

Tappan Zee High School is located at 15 Dutch Hill Rd. in Orangeburg and is part of the South Orangetown Central School District. It can be reached at 845-680-1606. Its website is