Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


February 23, 2014

Western HS musicians advance to state competition

RUSSIAVILLE — More than 30 student musicians from Western high school and middle school are advancing to the state solo and ensemble competition March 1 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

The students achieved the honor by earning gold ratings in Group 1 level performances at the district level of the competition, sponsored by the Indiana State School Music Association. The local district meet was conducted Feb. 8 at Kokomo High School.

High school soloists moving on to state are: Carolyn Kelley on flute and piccolo, Jamie Edwards on flute, Riley Beall on flute, Courtney Rager on clarinet, Mikaela Knight on clarinet, Natalie Ballew on clarinet, Paige Wild on clarinet, Audrey Freeman on horn, Jessica Hopkins on horn, Kimberly Miller on horn, Riley Girton on trombone, Megan Deck on euphonium, Austin Hozey on tuba, Christian Sexton on tuba, Alexis Hopkins on marimba, Joshua Maurice on marimba, Michael Rennaker on marimba, Alex Knight on snare drum, Joshua Maurice on snare drum and Cody DeHaven on snare drum.

Seven large and small instrumental ensembles from Western High School also earned gold ratings and will advance to state. Those ensembles include: the Girton Low Brass Ensemble, made up of Riley Girton, Noah Seitz, Megan Deck, Austin Hunter, Christian Sexton, Samuel Griffin, Austin Hozey, Zach Zentz, Corbin Phillabaum, Hannah Mooney, Cameron Rice and Jared Rothe; the DeHaven Large Brass Ensemble, made up of Kirsten DeHaven, Mason Landrum, Cesar Terron, Austin Hunter, Kimberly Miller, Austin Hozey, Audrey Freeman, Megan Deck, Jared Rothe, Jayden Wallsmith, Casey Wilson, Kelley Edwards, Lily Lipinski, Riley Girton, Noah Seitz, Corbin Phillabaum, Hannah Mooney, Jacob Zentz, Jessica Hopkins and Zach Zentz; the Terron Trumpet Choir, made up of Cesar Terron, Kirsten DeHaven, Kelley Edwards, Casey Wilson, Lily Lipinski and Mason Landrum; the Terron Trumpet Trio, made up of Cesar Terron, Lily Lipinski and Casey Wilson; the Beall Flute Quartet, made up of Riley Beall, Jamie Edwards, Carolyn Kelley and Macey Bickford; the Mullins Woodwind Quintet, made up of Emily Mullins, Mikaela Knight, Ellie Walters, Paige Wild and Courtney Rager; and the Wallsmith Horn Sextet, made up of Jayden Wallsmith, Jessica Hopkins, Kimberly Miller, Audrey Freeman, Jacob Zentz and Delany Enyart.

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