88 ways to shine…Mustang musicians soar at S&Es

Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS musicians brought down the house at Solo and Ensemble last weekend at Braden River High School.

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. Superiors are equivalent to the grade of an A, Excellent to a B, and so on.

LRHS performers took home 88 Superior medals. One of those musicians was junior French horn player Grace Hagopian.

Hagopian stated, “I think I had a really good run and there are definitely things I can work on, but since I’m going to states I have time to get better. It was really fun, and I got to hang out with my friends. I got to support my sister through her solo and she came to support me through mine.”

State competition is the next step in Solo and Ensemble. To qualify for states, musicians must receive a Superior on a sufficiently complex piece of music.

The color guard also performed three big pieces. The Lakewood Ranch Scholastic Indoor Performance (LRSIP) Winter Guard, which the newest addition to the LRHS band program, performed to “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith.  The last two pieces were flag and dance routines called, “Dusk Till Dawn” by Zayn Malik and “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé. Multiple guard members performed solos as well.

Senior trumpeter Michelle Matheson performed a duet with senior trumpeter Anthony Pistella, and said, “We got a Superior. I think we performed it really well and I’m excited to keep working on the piece and making it better.”

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