Winner of the 2014-15 North Oakland Band Concerto Competition
The North Oakland Concert Band congratulates Cameron Halls, winner of our 2014-15 concerto competition. Cameron will receive a $750 scholarship, and will perform his winning percussion solo with the band at our spring concert on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Cameron Halls is a senior at Waterford Kettering High School. He is the percussion section leader in the marching band and wind ensemble and plays drum set in the honors jazz band. In addition to percussion, Cameron also enjoys playing flute and baritone saxophone, and has recently begun picking up the trombone.
Cameron placed third in the Percussive Art Society International Convention (PASIC) High School Snare Drum Solo Competition in Indianapolis in 2014, and first in the Michigan State University Day of Percussion High School Solo Competition in 2012. He has earned 24 division 1 medals at solo & ensemble festival from 9th – 11th grade playing percussion, flute, and saxophone.
He studies with Dr. Jon Weber from Michigan State University, and Jason Ihnat from Eastern Michigan University. During the past year, he has begun teaching percussion students of his own.
Cameron was selected as one of only five snare drummers to perform in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, a prestigious honor awarded to only 125 musicians each year out of thousands who audition. In 2014, he was a member of the snare line in the Motor City Percussion Indoor winter drumline, and this year he is marching in the snare line of the NorthCoast Academy Independent World winter drumline.
Cameron earned the male band student of the year at Waterford Kettering in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He is a member of his school’s Students Leading Students, Peer Mediators, and National Honor Society. He plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall and study percussion and music education. He is grateful to the North Oakland Concert Band for supporting his love of music, and is excited to be performing with them in May!