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McLean Student Excels in 2 Nat’l Band Contests

McLean resident and euphonium player Joe Broom, a junior at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, has won the United States Air Force Band’s Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition for 2014. In addition, Broom recently learned he’s been selected as a finalist in the U.S. Marine Band Concerto Competition to be held next month.

As winner, Broom will perform as a soloist with the U.S. Air Force Concert Band at a concert later this year.

In 2012, Broom won a seat in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program and was the only euphonium player in the fellowship’s 34-year history. Last summer, he became the first consecutive winner of the International Euphonium Institute Festival (first, winning the student division, and then competing against adults to win the competition’s artist division).

Broom performs regularly as a soloist and with local ensembles, including the Brass of Peace Scholarship Ensemble and the Capital Wind Symphony. Broom studies with Lee Rogers, principal trombone of the Washington National Opera, and UK-based international euphonium soloist Steven Mead.