Chloe Lucci ‘19: This past weekend, March 17 and 18, the Romeo High School Band traveled to Stoney Creek High School for the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Students performed in 23 different events.

Mr. John Phillips, the band director, witnessed the students grow, practice, and achieve many accomplishments.

“Romeo students did a great job. Seventeen of these events earned a first division rating and another five earned a second division rating. Students had to qualify for this event by passing through districts with a Division I rating,” Phillips said. “In addition, soloists also had to perform a proficiency exam. These are leveled by difficulty with proficiency 3 being the most difficult.  Students are scored on the performance of their solo plus sight-reading and scales.”

Upon arrival, musicians warm up their instruments, practice, and anxiously wait until it is their turn to perform.

“In the beginning of the day we go into a room to warm up our instruments so they are in tune for the performance,” Gabrielle Schwartz ‘19 said. “The best part is getting positive feedback and ratings from the judges after practicing for months to perfect the song.”

The scores range from a 1-5, 1 being the best, 5 the worst. This score depends on many variables, from proficiency to tone.  

It is clear that all the hard work and dedication paid off at the competition for these RHS students.  

Students who participated include:

Cirenia Barouth-Young – Flute Trio – Division II                                     

Ryan Bilsky – Percussion Chamber – Division I

Ashley Burt –  Piano Solo – Division II    

Sydney Byrd – Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Jillian Cadili – Percussion Quartet – Division I

                     Percussion Chamber – Division I

Shelby Carpenter – Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Vivian DeBrabant –  Woodwind Chamber – Division I                             

Eric Delie – Brass Chamber – Division I

Paige Evans – Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Joshua Fuzi – Snare Drum 9th Grade Solo – Division I

Melissa Gaffke – Percussion Chamber – Division I

Evan Gedert – Snare Drum Solo, Proficiency 2  – Division II

                       Percussion Quartet – Division I                          

                       Percussion Chamber – Division I (piece was composed by Evan)

Alec Geibel – Brass Chamber – Division I

Mara Gottschling – Oboe Solo, Proficiency 3 – Division I

                              Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Chloe Grabb – Brass Chamber – Division I

Xitlali Hernandez – Woodwind Chamber – Division I                             

Jordan Hinkley – Brass Chamber – Division I

Katarina Jarmoluk – Brass Chamber – Division I

Evan Jewett – Snare Drum Solo, Proficiency 1 – Division I

                       Percussion Quartet – Division I

                       Percussion Chamber – Division I

Alyssa Juday – Brass Chamber – Division I

Andrew Kargula – Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Mary Kuligowski – Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Hannah Kunz – Percussion Chamber – Division I

Samuel Lovell – Alto Saxophone 9th Grade Solo – Division I

Adam Lubinski –  Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Aleda Miller – Trumpet Duet – Division I

                      Brass Chamber – Division I

Brenna Misukaitis – Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Nicolas Paquette – Trombone Solo, Proficiency 1 – Division I

                              Brass Chamber – Division

Alexis Pelt – Clarinet Solo, Proficiency 3 – Division I

                    Clarinet Quartet – Division I

                    Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Spencer Perilloux – Timpani Solo, Proficiency 3 – Division I

                               Marimba Solo, Proficiency 3 – Division I

                               Percussion Quartet – Division I

                               Percussion Chamber – Division I

Ben Pruehs –  Clarinet Solo, Proficiency 1 – Division I

                       Woodwind Chamber Division I

Jessie Pruehs – French Horn Solo, Proficiency 1 – Division I

                          Brass Chamber – Division I                        

Gabrielle Schwartze – Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Charlotte Sheets –  Alto Saxophone Solo, Proficiency 2 – Division II

                              Woodwind Chamber – Division I                             

Alex Stork –  Percussion Chamber – Division I                  

Rachel Sweet – Woodwind Chamber – Division I

Shiloh Torres – French Horn Solo, Proficiency 1 – Division I

                       Trumpet Duet – Division I

                        Brass Chamber – Division I

Kiley Totten –  Woodwind Chamber – Division I               

Alexis Webler – Flute 9th Grade Solo – Division II

                        Flute Trio – Division II

Emily Whiteman – Flute Trio – Division II

Congratulations to the RHS Band on their accomplishments at the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival.

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