Oswego High School senior Mason Rabalais has been selected to the elite the New York State School Music Association All-State Wind Ensemble in Rochester.
Rabalais, a trombone player, said , Ã¢â‚¬Å“This means quite a bit to me. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve worked really hard to get here and I hope we have a lot of fun.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Band Director Bill Palange was proud of the selection. He said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“ There are about 3,500 students who audition for a position in the band, chorus and orchestra. There are only a certain few who are selected. This is a significant achievement for a high school student particularly on trombone.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Continuing he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is interesting as Mason has made all-state both years he auditioned. He was previously in the symphonic band and now the wind ensemble which is the most select of groups. This is a significant achievement of Mason and a nice recognition for all of his hard work.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Involvement in school activity was important when Mason was in elementary school. He said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“My parents told me I had to participate in an activity. An orchestra teacher came in and played all the different instruments. I said I wanted to do music. That is when I took up the trombone.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Interestingly, Palange is also a trombone player who noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“My parents wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let me play drums so I play trombone and never looked back.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He has worked with Rabalais throughout high school and noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am probably more critical in being that I also play trombone. have seen many outstanding trombone students in my career and Mason ranks right up there with the very best I have ever had. He is a great musician, reads very well and more than anything else makes good music. I think that is what allowed him to be in the position for this all-state group. He is very mature well beyond his years musically.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In summary, reflecting on why he plays a trombone Rabalais noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s loud, lots of fun and I get to make a lot of noise.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Music will always be a part of life for Mason Rabalais. However, he noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I hope to go into the Navy. My applications with the U.S. Naval Academy and ROTC are pending, but I hope to go into the Navy and major in Chemistry.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Mason is the son of Greg and Kay Rabalais and has two brothers Morgan and Mitchell. He is a diver on the Oswego High School swimming team and plays electric bass in a Ã¢â‚¬Å“little jazz comboÃ¢â‚¬Â outside of school.
Mason Rabalais is representing Oswego in all-state and earned this selection to a very elite group. What is Ã¢â‚¬Å“noiseÃ¢â‚¬Â to him was music in the ears of the judges who listened to his audition.