Hold the fermata ’til the end of the year

IHS music ends year with competitions and concerts

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The year for musicians has entered the coda, so to speak, or finale. Concerts and competitions are the end of the year for orchestra, choir, band and jazz band.
Jazz band has been working on a main set of four pieces for competition which were featured in the concert May 2. The songs that the jazz band played were “The Heat’s On” by Sammy Nestico, “Easy Street” by Bob Mintzer, “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Ray Henderson and “Hip to be Square” by Huey Lewis.
Freshman Zach StClair said “jazz band was very good, helpful and challenging.”
The jazz band went to Pittsburg State March 1 and Washburn University on April 10 for competitions. On the 24th the jazz band went to Ottawa University.
Concert band, orchestra and choir went to state competition April 17. The band received a two rating. The songs the band performed were “Toccata for Band” by Frank Erickson and “Fire of Eternal Glory” by Dmitri Shostakovich.
“The band did well, but I think that it was not our best run of the songs,” said junior Michael Wilson. “I believe that our low rating was for not being used to the environment.”
Senior Gerardo Rojas said “the band has improved, we are not amazing but improving.”
The band concert May 2 included three pieces. The band played “Toccata for Band,” “Fire of Eternal Glory” and “March Grandioso” by Roland Seitz.
“I was very pleased about how far the band has come since August,” said Director Matt Kleopfer. “I intend to work hard this summer so the band could start where we left off. Band never stays the same; we are ever working to get better.”
Orchestra and choir both received three ratings at the state competition. Sophomore Joey Dunlap said “I believe the orchestra could have done more with dynamics.”
The choir and orchestra concert was May 7.
April 13 was the regional small group and solo competition. Many students worked for the one rating, but only four received the honor: senior Jordan Strickler (band), sophomore Garrett Prall (choir) and freshmen Abigail Taylor (choir) and Bryan Gentry (band).
The singers and women’s ensemble also received a one rating. The students who received a two were seniors Libby Shay and Audrea Stahl, sophomores Felicitas Aguirre and Katherine Terhune and freshman Taelyn Sutterby.
Since the singers and women’s ensemble received ones, they were eligible for state on April 27 in Andover. The singers have not been to the state small ensemble competition since 2011. The singers, women’s ensemble and Abigail Taylor received twos. Strickler and Gentry were unable to compete in this event. Prall received a one rating.
“I could not be prouder of my peers given the circumstances,” said Prall. “We have not been to state in a few years and I have full confidence that we will come back and get a one next year.”
The music program will be back next year louder than before.