Oak Grove Instrumentalists
advance to State!!

Saturday, March 29th seventy instrumentalists descended upon Grain Valley High School to perform for adjudication at District solo and small ensemble contest. Oak Grove sent fifty-five events broken into thirty-three solos and twenty-two ensembles. Oak Grove scored division ‘I’ ratings for 15 events which will allow 29 students to perform at the State level on May 1st! “It was a great day of awesome performances” stated band director Beth Jinkins. “Our Oak Grove instrumentalists demonstrated strong musicality and represented the school well throughout the day” Jinkins added.

Soloists who received a division one rating were: Ali Vinke (sophomore flute), Sequoia Masten (senior clarinet), Aubrie Rainbolt (senior clarinet), CJ Reeves (sophomore clarinet) Emmalynn Rogers (freshman clarinet), Sydney Stark (freshman french horn), TJ Wittman (senior tuba), Katie Kim (junior timpani), Nathan VanVleck (junior timpani). The Oak Grove band program was also award superior ‘I’ ratings for six small ensembles. The ensembles and their members were: Clarinet trio with Sequoia Masten, Alyssa Groseclose and Kiera Rogers; Clarinet trio with Alyssa Fitzpatrick, Sierra Bird and Jessika Dibben; Saxophone trio with Logan Stiegemeyer, Timmy DeFoor and Andrew Wilkinson; Saxophone quartet with Emily Stewart, Christina Cole, Francisco Bautista and Ben Hipsher; Saxophone quintet with Markus Stone, Timmy DeFoor, Drew Phillips, Tanner Johnson and Brody Nieweg; and a Trombone quartet with Chris Macrander, Collin Vasko, Brandon Bloss and Cameron Webb.

“It’s good to see such a high rate of success among our youngest performers” Nathan Long, director said. “With ten freshman playing at State in May, it’s good to know that the strength of the program is going to continue” Long said. New director of the high school band program and accompanist for several students, Jon West stated, “It was a great festival and I’m proud of every student that performed regardless of their rating. A great amount of individual effort and preparation goes into contest, that in turn, improves your abilities as a musician” West exclaimed!

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