Tiger performs with national band
It may be a busy week for the Douglas High School Tiger band, but it is an even busier week for French horn player Jason Frogget who performed with the All-Nationals Honor Concert Band in Nashville this week.
The only instrumentalist from the state to perform with the national band, 16-year-old Jason will be back in time for tonight’s Douglas-Carson game.
Jason is one of two representatives from the Silver State, according to the roster published on the National Association for Music Education’s website.
Jason’s mother Wendy said when she first found out back in August she thought the notice was a rejection letter.
“When I read it, it started out ‘thank you for auditioning for all-national band,’” she said. “When we found out he was going to the all-nationals band, we were really surprised. This is national recognition.”
Before Jason could go to the national band, he had to audition for all-state band.
Jason is one of 150 instrumentalists in the band, which practiced for three days before performing on Wednesday morning. The other Nevadan, a Spring Creek girl, is in the choir.
In addition to performing for the Fighting Tiger Marching Band, Jason also is principal horn for the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra.
His mother said he is currently playing in the Reno Pops Orchestra. Jason has also played with the Carson City Symphony and the Carson Valley Symphony.
The fee to participate in the concert is $500, along with the cost of travel.
Wendy Frogget thanked the businesses who helped pay Jason’s way, including Mary Jane Lake Insurance, Absolute Music, Sierra View Dental, Waddell & Reed, John Raker Insurance, Edward Gray DMD, Yager’s Garage, Accolades and Aurora Salon.
“Without the support of so many wonderful people and businesses, Jason’s trip would not have been possible,” she said.