Musicians know individual effort means group success


Marissa Briggs– Mustangs Ahead

features icon(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS band and color guard students partook in Solo and Ensemble this past Saturday, Feb. 8 at Manatee High School.  While the program enjoyed success, individual t was really a night for individual pride.

The mustangs involved have been preparing their solos and group performances for months.

“I started preparing about two months in advance as I was super nervous. It was my first solo and ensemble experience as a high schooler,” said sophomore Connor Strickland.

Senior Tj Patten had a different experience.

Patten said, “I was in a percussion ensemble and played a crowbar and cymbal. None of us were very nervous and only started preparing about a month beforehand.”

Performers were given the chance to show off their talent by showcasing their hard work for an adjudicator, who will then give them a score and comments. Students were able to choose different grades of difficult solos and ensembles, each rated from one to seven (seven being the hardest grade level).

The rating of the pieces can range from poor to superior depending on the performance and the individuals who performed level fives or above, and earned superiors, can move on to solo and ensemble at a state level.

Patten was confident is his groups capability of receiving a high score.

“My thoughts leading up to our performance consisted of the knowledge that we were going to do very well and receive a superior. I had confidence in my friends and myself that we were going to perform to the best of our abilities,” said Patten.

State solo and ensemble will be held in March. Mustangs will continue to practice and perfect their pieces, which they will perform for a second time for a second rating.

Sophomore Kyle Sidnam prepared the marching snare solo, Let It Rip, and is excited to carry his solo onto state level.

“I’m excited but also anxious to perfect my piece as soon as possible and hopefully memorize it as well,” said Sidnam.

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