CENTREVILLE — (May 9, 2019) — Brooke and Elyse Tolson are twin sisters in 8th grade and are band members at Centreville Middle School (CMS), studying under award-winning Director of Bands, Ms. Heather Fullerton. Brooke plays the clarinet and Elyse plays the trumpet. They both began private instruction on their instruments when they were in 2nd grade and continue to study privately with local experts.
As members of the CMS Band, Brook and Elyse have earned many musical honors.
Elyse is first chair in the Symphonic and Jazz Bands and has auditioned for and earned a spot with the Junior All-Shore Band every year of middle school This year, Elyse earned 3rd chair trumpet.
Brooke is first chair clarinet of the Symphonic Band and will enjoy her 2nd year in the Junior All-Shore Band. She earned 2nd chair clarinet in the Honors Band. Both Tolson twins have participated in the Solo and Ensemble Festival each year of middle school. This speaks to their level of dedication and the high expectations of Ms. Fullerton.
In 6th grade, the sisters played a duet together, and in 7th and 8th grade they have each performed solos and duets with classmates. With their help, the CMS Symphonic Band has earned high scores at District and State Level Band Festivals. You can hear these two playing with the CMS Marching Band at the
Chestertown Tea Party Parade the weekend of May 25th!
Brooke says, “Being a member of the CMS band means to be able to maintain the everyday responsibilities of preparing and perfecting pieces of music, while also building a family amongst my peers.”
Elyse says that music “is a way to express yourself without having to use words. Music makes me happy when I’m sad and makes me normal when I’m mad; lets me tune out the rest of the world when it’s a mess, and it relieves my stress.”
Outside of their very busy musical schedule, the sisters are members of the National Junior Honor Society, play volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. They also enjoy working in their Dad’s pizza place in Easton. Brooke plans to become a veterinarian one day and Elyse is still making up her mind, but both girls say music will always play a major part of their lives.