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By Karla Pomeroy

Worland groups earn superior ratings

WORLAND - Worland High School large groups and soloists performed well at the North Big Horn Basin High School Music Festival last week in Worland.


April 25, 2018

Karla Pomeroy

Worland High School Marshazz earned a superior rating at music festival last week at Worland High School. Performing here are (l-r): Lauren Anderson, Nyah Campbell, Delanie Campbell, Saibrynn Dover, Raeth Tolman, Jaden Mickelson and Nathaniel Nelson.

WORLAND - Worland High School large groups and soloists performed well at the North Big Horn Basin High School Music Festival last week in Worland.

According to choir director Chad Rose, earning superiors (top ranking of I), were the concert choir, Marshazz, Trebelsome, the symphonic band, and jazz band I.

Earning excellent rating (II) were the jazz II band and the percussion ensemble.

Vocal soloists earning superior rankings were: Nathaniel Nelson, Annalise Newell, Joslyn Alonzo, Lauren Anderson, Katie Bumstarck, Rachel Drake, Tatum Zimmerman, Eden Ferrett and Ajiah Montoya.

The vocal trio of Tatum Zimmerman, Joslyn Alonzo and Kaitlyn Bostrom earned a superior rating.

Vocal soloists earning excellent ratings were: Andrew Nelson, Tristan Nemyo (II-), Kynlee McClure, Carmyn Buckman (II+) and Kaitlyn Bostrom.

The duet of McKenna Mickelson and Katie Baumstarck earned an excellent rating.

Dane Bennett earned at I+ rating for his oboe solo. He and Caleb Fraser also earned a I+ for the duet with Fraser on the bassoon.

Instrumental soloists earning superior ratings were Josiah Sanchez on trumpet; Katelin Scheuerman, trumpet; Scheuerman, alto sax; Aaron Vigil, tuba; Andy Deniz, trombone; Maclin Wiley, bass guitar; Joslyn Alonzo, tenor sax; Anja Sheesley, flute; Caleb Fraser, bassoon; Carmyn Buckman, snare drum; Joseph Keller, alto sax.

Receiving excellent ratings are Elizabeth McIntosh; Trey Wright, clarinet; Alex Rodriguez, mallets.

Rose said regarding Worland hosting multiple school and about 700 vocalists and musicians on campus at the high school and middle "I'm really thankful we have such a supportive staff here at the high school and middle school, because having 700 students on campus that aren't our own is rather difficult on everyone. Both Willie Wright, band director] and I are really appreciative of being able to work with the wonderful people we are."

Regarding the performances, Rose said, "I was probably most impressed with the concert choir's performance. They've come so far. To have your entry-level choir receiving superior ratings is a testament to the fact that all students are committed to a high standard of performance. I'm really happy with that.

"All the kids did great."

He added, "The most important piece for us is that when they step off the competitive stage they know how they did. For them to step away and feel confident is more important than a third-party perspective. I really think all the kids stepped off and felt pretty good about what they did, comparison to their preparation."

For the band, Rose said the symphonic band "really played the best that they played that literature so far this year. For that to be our last time, I'm really excited about their development all the way through. I thought we had a great marching band festival in the fall and then to have seven students make all-state for first time in 20-some years, was another a great mark; and then to come out of festival with a superior was just great. I'm excited about the progress they continue to make. These seniors really went out with a bang."

The final performance for the high school choirs will be at 7 p.m. on May 7.


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