Musical Mustangs look to prove mastery

Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead 

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This weekend at Braden River High School, LRHS performers, whether  playing an instrument or twirling a flag, will compete at Solo and Ensemble performances. 

Solo and Ensemble is mandatory for advanced music students and optional for everyone else.  The students participating can perform as soloists or as an ensemble. Based on the students’ skills presented to the judges, they can earn scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior. 

 “This is the most I’ve practiced for Solo and Ensemble in years, so I feel very prepared. I’m excited to hopefully get a Superior,” said senior trumpeter Anthony Pistella, who is performing a duet with senior trumpeter Michelle Matheson.  

The color guard will perform three big pieces. The first, “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith, is the Lakewood Ranch Scholastic Indoor Performance (LRSIP) Winter Guard show, which the newest addition to the LRHS Band Program. The last two pieces are flag and dance routines called, “Dusk Till Dawn” by Zayn Malik and “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé.  

Multiple guard members, such as sophomore member Makenzie Horner, will perform solos as well.

Horner stated, “It’s my first year. I’m really excited, but it’s kind of nerve-wracking. It’s a lot of pressure, but hopefully it goes well.” 

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