Grace Popa, a member of the Saline High School FFA Chapter and Saline High School Marching Band in Saline, will be on stage and in the spotlight Oct. 24-28 during the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis for the 2nd time.
Popa, a Junior and the daughter of Keri and Ben Popa, was one of many 89 members from over 30 states who was selected to play flute and piccolo in the National FFA Band. Popa submitted an audition tape (consisting of a major scale of her choice, a chromatic scale, and a chosen solo) and was selected to help bring full instrumental balance to the band from a pool of applicants nationwide. This is Popa’s second year in the National Band, and sadly her last. Members of FFA can only participate in National Band for 2 years. Grace is also the only person in her chapter to participate in the band this year.
The National FFA Band will perform several times during the national convention and expo at various times – including the Artsgarden near the Regency Hotel, before and during each general session, and marching down FFA Way in Downtown Indianapolis. During general sessions you will have to opportunity to see her on stage. Watch at FFA.org/convention or on RFD-TV (http://www.rfdtv.com/). Please check your local listings to see if RFD-TV is available in your area.
Grace went to Indianapolis 3 days before her chapter and met up with other members who were chosen to take part in the National Band.
Dow AgroSciences sponsors the National FFA Band.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.