Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Band Solo and Ensemble judging took place Feb. 10-11 at Sarasota Booker high school.
LRHS took home 52 Superior medals, and three Superior medals with distinctions, which means that the musicians performed the piece memorized. Every other medal earned was an Excellent.
Solo and Ensemble is mandatory for advanced music periods and optional for everyone else. The students participating can perform as soloists or as an ensemble. The LRHS Color Guard performed in two big groups, and members could do a solo that included dance and a flag or a weapons routine. Based on their skills presented to the judges, the performers could earn scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent or Superior.
“Solo and ensemble was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed rehearsing with two different ensembles, and our hard work definitely paid off. I’m excited to say that one of the ensembles I was a part of earned a Superior rating, and we will be going to States,” said junior Michelle Matheson, trumpet player.
States is the next step in the competition of Solo and Ensemble. To qualify for States, musicians must receive a Superior on a sufficiently complex piece of music.