The 76th Mountain State Forest Festival has announced the selection of Royal Trumpeteers Alex Mach, Aaron E. New and Andrew Tenney.
Mach is the son of Greg Mach of Buckhannon and Rachel and Edward Gannon of Montrose. He is the grandson of Jerry Mach of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Terry and Susan Hayes of Elkins. He has two siblings, Heidi Mach and Savannah Gannon.
He attends Elkins High School, is the National Geographic Bee School Champion and plays basketball. This will be Mach's first year service as a trumpeteer for the royal court.
This year’s royal trumpeteers for the 76th Mountain State Forest Festival are Alex Mach, Aaron E. New and Andrew Tenney.
New is the son of Rodney and Lois New of Mill Creek. He is the grandson Ralph Sparks of Grafton. He has one sister, Rachel. He is an honor-roll student at Tygarts Valley High School, a member of National Honor Society, Randolph County All County Band, West Virginia University Honor Band, TVHS marching band, 4-H, FBLA Digital Video Pro Winner 2011, 2011 HOBY Seminar and 2012 Boys State. He also is an apprentice at the Old Brick Playhouse. He enjoys skiing, playing guitar, writing and listening to music. New plans to attend WVU and study computer engineering and to become a member of the WVU marching band. This will be New's second year service as a trumpeteer for the royal court.
Tenney is the son of Steven and M. Michelle Tenney of Elkins. He is the grandson of Lawrence and Lydia Tenney of Mill Creek and Jean McCourt of Sutton and the late Charles R. McCourt. He has one brother, Nicholas, who is in eighth grade at Elkins Middle School.
An honor-roll student at Elkins High School, he is a member of Elkins High School band, where he is the trumpet section leader. He also is a member of the 2012 WVU Honor Band and 2011-2012 TOB All-Star Band. He is a student of private trumpet lessons with Adam Loudin of Buckhannon. He plans to major in music education after graduation from Elkins High School.
The 76th Mountain State Forest Festival will be celebrated in Elkins from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7. More information is available by visiting the website at www.forestfestival.com or calling 304-636-1824.