Fort Bend Christian Academy high school sophomore Benjamin Kopfer has been playing Bass Trombone for five years and has only been in the FBCA band for two years, but already his musical abilities make him stand out amongst the best. He was ranked 1st in State and was invited to participate in the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-State Band for the second year in a row.
“It was a big accomplishment making it two years in a row to All-State,” Kopfer said. “I love the competition! It was an exciting time of rehearsing with the best students in the state. I also enjoy the conductors who have much experience.” The conductor this year was Jack Delaney, Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University. Kopfer said Delaney set high expectations for all the band members which caused the band to sound its best.
“The performance sounded beautiful, and it is something that I will always remember,” he said.
FBCA Director of Bands Aaron Perez said Ben is an extraordinary musician who actually challenges him to be a better teacher and musician.
“Ben is always striving to perform at his absolute best, and that is why he has been invited to play in the TPSMEA All-State Band two years in a row,” Perez said. “It is rare to see a sophomore sitting in an All-State Band. It's very rare to see a sophomore sitting in an All-State Band knowing that they made it the previous year as a freshman. Ben can be one of the few students in the state that can continue participating in the All-State Band his whole school career. It's an honor and privilege to teach Ben through the FBCA Band program.”
Kopfer is not only a talented musician, but he also plays for the FBCA Baseball team. He said he enjoys getting to experience the different opportunities at FBCA like Eagle Week, a week-long opportunity during the spring for high school students to participate in service and mission work locally and abroad.
For more information about Band or the Fine Art Program at Fort Bend Christian Academy, visit the website.