Mustang Musicians collect state awards

Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS musicians traveled last weekend to Miami for Jazz and Solo and Ensemble states at Pompano Bay High School to bring home lots of success.

Jazz band 1 received a score of Excellent. Solo and ensemble performers overall won 22 Superiors and two Superiors with Distinctions, or performing the piece memorized.

“I had a lot of fun because it’s my senior year and I’ve never been before so that was a cool way to remember it. It was overall a positive experience and you are surrounded by people who you know have the same interests as you and you meet a lot of new people,” said bass clarinet player Kirina Lakhwani, senior, about her clarinet quartette.

“One of our members broke his finger the night before the performance,” she continued. “Not many people were willing to take on a Grade 5 (a difficult level of music) Mozart the day before states. But, he went and did the best he would. I’m just happy I went to states my senior year.”

Solo and Ensemble is mandatory for advanced music classes and optional for everyone else. The students participating can perform as soloists or as an ensemble. Members of the color guard can do routines that include dance and a flag or a weapons routine. Performers earn scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior.

Band Solo and Ensemble judging took place Feb. 10-11, 2017, at Sarasota Booker High School. States is the next step in the competition of Solo and Ensemble. To qualify, performers were required to receive a Superior on a Grade 5 or higher, a sufficiently complex piece of music.

Additionally, on Feb. 6, 2017, Jazz Band 1 participated in Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) and received Straight Superiors, qualifying them to move on to states. After performing on stage and sight-reading for judges, bands competing in MPAs also receive scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior.

“It was stressful but our band handled it well and we still played great and came out with a good result,” said jazz 1 trumpet player Mason Rademaker, senior.