Pine City Band Students Impress Again

Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 7:20 am

Pine City band students continued another banner year with superior results at Solo/Small Ensemble Festival last week. 35 events were entered the contest, with 24 receiving “Superior,” the highest rating possible. Students played a variety of solos, duets, and larger ensembles, primarily comprising works by classical composers such as Mozart, Haydn, Vaughan Williams, and Offenbach.

The festival was adjudicated by Dave Weulander of Askov, who was impressed by the variety of entries and overall talent of the students. Weulander gave out his “Best in Site” Award to “Barcarolle” performed on the marimba by senior Josh Palmer. Other high scores went to Renee Schminkey (oboe solo), Emily Sjoblom (French horn solo), and a creative and fun duet by Trey Ritter and Nick Erickson entitled “Variations on an Annoyingly Familiar Tune” (trombone/bari sax duet). Pine City’s Jazz One also took part. The band received 38 out of a possible 40 points playing three songs. Junior Matt Gallik was recognized for his alto sax feature in the classic jazz chart “Misty.”

Students are judged on a variety of elements, including tone quality, intonation, technical skill, rhythmic accuracy, articulation, and musical expression. Students must score 35 out of 40 points to receive a Superior rating; events receiving 28 to 34 are rated as Excellent. All 35 events received either Excellent or Superior ratings.

The students were prepared under the direction of Bradley Mariska and Kevin Cahill. Administrative assistant for the day was Robyn Miche and Joni Nelson served as the piano accompanist. The band students will be performing their annual Pops Concert on Monday, May 2, featuring an all-Disney program.

Superior Ratings (35 to 40 points)
Josh Palmer (mallet percussion solo; Best In Site Award); Emily Sjoblom (French Horn solo); Renee Schminkey (oboe solo); Jazz One; Joe Wolf and Gretchen Linzmeier (saxophone duet); Elizabeth Anderson (Eb clarinet solo); Jorie Williamson and Angela Linder (flute duet); Adam Martin and Brickre Fischer (trumpet duet); Taylor Hanson and Laura Nordrum (flute duet); Kelly Weber and Ariel Steele (flute duet); Cody Miller (euphonium solo); Christian Miche (euphonium solo); Aaron Nisley and Jacob White (bari sax duet); Karina Nordrum, Drew Gerold, Holly Staples, Tim Cahill, and Cody Tchida (brass quintet); Trey Ritter and Nick Erickson (mixed duet); Josh Adams and Kayla Pavelka (mixed brass duet); Laurel Anderson (clarinet solo); Serena Steele (trumpet solo); Bay Pangerl (tenor sax solo); Jackie Martini and Elizabeth Anderson (clarinet duet); Thomas Pitzen (trumpet duet); Carissa Jahnz (mallet percussion solo); Andrea Smith, Bay Pangerl, Ben Miche, Aaron Nisley, and Josh Palmer (mixed instrumental ensemble); Beth Erickson and Haley Schmidt (tenor sax duet).

Excellent Ratings (28 to 34 points)

Stefanie Collins and Haley Krautbauer (mixed woodwind duet); Ashley Hunting and Brandi Cronk (mixed woodwind duet); Alex Frerich, Alex Zemek, Joe Keyport, and Josh Erickson (trombone quartet); Natalie Kolling and Amy Odendahl (flute duet); Brooke Krautbauer and Sara Bitton (flute duet); Ariel Steele (flute solo); Brandi Cronk (flute solo); Taylor Hanson (flute solo); Melissa Weber and Kelly Weber (flute duet); Courtnie Blazek, Katherine Cahill, Michela Westbrook, and Mariah Johnson (clarinet quartet).

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