For the size of their city, Sequim High School’s band and choir held their own April 24-25 against some of the biggest schools in Washington.
Competing in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s All-State Solo and Ensemble competition in Ellensburg, the band sent 22 and 16 choir students.
"It was the largest representation from Sequim High School since I have been here," said Vern Fosket, band director said.
Students competed with 21 other school districts from around the state, many much larger than
Sequim in student population size.
Fosket said the band and choir probably were the largest representation from a school of its size, too.
Students qualified for their events at the regional competition in February in Port Angeles.
Both Fosket and choir director Stephanie Clark were pleased with the results.
"For them to do this well was amazing," Fosket said. "It was the most consistent with the amount of kids we’ve sent."
Judges rank according to number. Only the top three in each category win an award. A "I" means superior, a performance at the highest level of artistry and technical proficiency that can be expected of a high school student. A "II" means excellent, an outstanding performance lacking only minimal artistic and technical characteristics.
Large vocal ensemble, three II’s: "The Men"
Duet, I and two II’s: Breanna Krumpe and Stephanie Dunbar
Solo soprano, I and two II’s: Krumpe.
Solo alto, two I’s and II: Dunbar.
Solo baritone, three I’s: Andrew King.
Solo mezzo-soprano, I and two II’s: Jessica Lauritzen.
Large percussion, II: Gerry Azanza, Cahley Baker, Allie Booth, James Finnen, Sam Fletcher, Reed Gunstone, Joey Hall, Sarah Hankins, Alex Jenkins, Derrell Jensen, Jason Kowitz, Reed Omdal, Gabe Smith and John Textor.
Large brass, I, Top 10: Robbie Blenk, Matt Grey, Steven Moore, Amy Oppfelt and Farris Ryan.
Small percussion, I, Top 11: Nick Bowden, Fletcher and Gunstone.
Small brass, II: Grey and Michael Okomoto.
Solo alto sax, II: Laura Moser.
Solo trombone, II: Grey.
Solo euphonium, I, Top six: Grey.
Solo multi-percussionists: Fletcher, I, Top 12, and Gunstone, II.
Solo snare drum, I, Top 14: Fletcher.