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Plymouth HS Band Members Advance to State Finals

February 12, 2013

Photo provided The Plymouth High School percussion ensemble are pictured after they qualified for state finals with their performance of “William Tell Overture.”   (Left to Right):  Daniel Johnson, Will Ben Piazza, Chandler Price (front), Jacob Harley (back), Zach Lee, and Will Houser.

KOKOMO - The Plymouth High School Band was looking golden at this year’s Indiana State School Music Association’s solo and ensemble district competition on Saturday.
Plymouth students took a total of fifty-four solo and ensemble participants to the event. Each event is given a rating of a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Participation. Fifty of the events from Plymouth High School earned a Gold Award and four of the events earned a Silver Award. None of the events from Plymouth earned a Bronze or Participation Award.
Of the fifty events that earned the top rating, thirty-three of these medals advanced to the ISSMA State Finals.
“This was a great day for the Plymouth band,” said Plymouth band director Bryan Ames. “Almost every event earned the top ratings and to have so many kids going to the state finals is a huge accomplishment. I am extremely proud of how our kids did at the competition,”
“Plymouth annually has great participation in this event, but this was the best showing our students have had in several years.”
In order to advance to state finals, the participants must first enroll in the Group 1 division of the contest. This is the hardest level of competition with the most difficult music requirements. All performances must be selected from a state approved list of difficult music.
“This event requires our students to do a lot of self teaching and practicing,” said Ames. “There is very little help provided for this event. The purpose of solo and ensemble competition is to help the students develop themselves as musicians by working on their own to prepare these events. I do help them along the way and provide instruction, but the majority of preparation for this event is done individually by the students.
“To have this many state-level performances speaks volumes for the work ethic of the kids in our program.”
State finals competition will be held at North Central High School on Saturday, February 23rd.
District Solo Participants:
Ben Piazza, snare solo - Gold Award and state finalist
Zach Lee, snare solo – Gold Award and state finalist
Daniel Johnson, snare solo – Silver Award
Sophia Smith, snare solo – Silver Award
Eric Burch, horn solo – Gold Award
Katie Lee, horn solo – Gold Award and state finalist
Haley Balkema, clarinet solo – Gold Award
Taylor Scott, clarinet solo – Gold Award
Korie Rice, flute solo – Silver Award
Nicole Splix, flute solo – Gold Award and state finalist
Ashley Halsey, clarinet solo – Gold Award
Ben Fager, flute solo – Silver Award
Anthony Boener, euphonium solo – Gold Award and state finalist
Casey McDonald, flute solo – Gold Award and state finalist
Rinda Scott, flute solo – Gold Award and state finalist

District Ensemble Participants:
Ira Tillman, brass quartet – Gold Award and state finalist
Joseph Brennan, brass quartet – Gold Award and state finalist
Jack Garrison, brass quartet – Gold Award and state finalist
Anthony Boener, brass quartet – Gold Award and state finalist
Ulises Hernandez, brass quartet – Gold Award
Cameron Carter, brass quartet – Gold Award
Alex Fox, brass quartet – Gold Award
Keith Longanecker, brass quartet – Gold Award
Tyler Wagner, saxophone trio – Gold Award
Sarah Tanner, saxophone trio – Gold Award
Kent Gosky, saxophone trio – Gold Award
Jack Garrison, brass choir – Gold Award and state finalist
Anthony Boener, brass choir – Gold Award and state finalist
Joseph Brennan, brass choir – Gold Award and state finalist
Eric Burch, brass choir – Gold Award and state finalist
Tracy Longanecker, brass choir – Gold Award and state finalist
Shelby Haisley, brass choir – Gold Award and state finalist
Jacob Harley, percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Will Houser, percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Zach Lee, percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Daniel Johnson, percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Ben Piazza, percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Chandler Price, percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Will Houser, large percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Konnor Smith, large percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Blake Keefe, large percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Sarah Iwinski, large percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Brandon Knepper, large percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Taylor Scott, large percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Sophia Smith, large percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Wesley Siedelman, large percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Eric Jung, large percussion ensemble – Gold Award and state finalist
Anna Piazza, clarinet trio – Gold Award
Jessica Beagle, clarinet trio – Gold Award
Jessica Sayer, clarinet trio – Gold Award
Charity Fish, saxophone trio – Gold Award
Nicole Pyatkowski, saxophone trio – Gold Award
Haley Rains, saxophone trio – Gold Award
Haley Balkema, clarinet trio – Gold Award
Mariah Tepper, clarinet trio – Gold Award
Kennedy Jones, clarinet trio – Gold Award
Kristen Morrow, clarinet trio – Gold Award
Sarah Rundle, clarinet trio – Gold Award
Anna Piazza, clarinet trio – Gold Award

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