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BHS musicians excel at regional contest

Cristen McCann performs during the BHS Spring Concert on March 12.  - Christine Brown photo
Cristen McCann performs during the BHS Spring Concert on March 12.
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Music students at Bainbridge High School recently competed in the regional Olympic Music Educators Association’s Solo and Ensemble Competition at Central Kitsap High School. Students select and perform a solo or ensemble piece before a judge, and the top performer in each category and some alternates go on to the state competition at Central Washington University in late April featuring the top music students in the state.

Winners from BHS are Nick Stahl (alto saxophone), Austin Perilstein (baritone saxophone), Kaitlyn Wiggins (trumpet), Lea Fetterman (violin), Hayden Tutty and Cristen McCann (woodwinds - small ensemble), and Bainbridge Brass 5 (Brad Mowell, Kaitlyn Wiggins, Lainey Lee, Eric Powell and Josh Gibson for brass - large ensemble).

First alternates are Hayden Tutty (flute), Lainey Lee (trombone), Alex Branley (mallets) and Pygopus & Spoon (Eric Powell and Lainey Lee for brass - small ensemble).

Second alternates are Tatiana Sils (timpani), Gabe Shelton-Jenck (multiple percussion), Cristen McCann and Aubrie Rice (woodwinds - small ensemble) and Kaitlyn Wiggins and Brad Mowell (brass - small ensemble).

Woodward Middle School music students also competed, although they are not eligible to go on to the state competition.

Eric Jung (alto saxophone) and Henry Brown (alto saxophone) both received a superior rating.

Several of the solo and ensemble winners performed in the BHS Spring Concert on Tuesday, March 12 before an appreciative audience.

This Friday and Saturday, the full high school bands (Concert, Symphonic and Wind Orchestra) will compete in the Olympic Music Educators Association’s regional competition.

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