21 from BHS on to state in music

Twenty-one Bainbridge High School music students won 11 categories at the Regional Chamber Music Contest Feb. 26 at Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale.

The wins have earned the Spartans a chance to compete for a state championship in music, “for each of them, this is the same level of honor as being named a first all-state athlete,” said Chris Thomas, BHS director of bands.

Thomas added, “Proportionally, each high school in our region should win two to three categories. Bainbridge hasn’t won fewer than five in the past decade, and with eleven wins this year, we’ve had over ten for the second year in a row.”

The 2020 competition was canceled due to COVID-19.

Keon Deng led BHS placing first in four categories. Jack Ekstrand was first in three categories and is an alternate in two others. Lang Armstrong was first in three categories.

The Spartans have two months to prepare for the WIAA/WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest April 29-30 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

Regional winners

Violin — Anya Letson

High sax — Lang Armstrong

Low sax — Armstrong

Trombone — Ben Gibson

Euphonium — Gibson

Piano — Keon Deng

Mallets — Deng

Snare — Jack Ekstrand

Small Woodwind Ensemble — Elana Memke, Armstrong and Miles Wieland

Small Percussion Ensemble — Ekstrand and Deng

Large Percussion Ensemble — Brighton Whittlesey, Zack Huck, Keaton Dernbach, Molly Montgomery, Ekstrand, Ben Meier, Deng, Jonathan Curcie, Cole Moomaw, Theo Oestreich, Liam Jurcak, Ben Beckett, Henry Bergan, Liam Doherty, and Zach Gonyea

First alternates: Memke, Seth Reynvaan, Wieland and Ekstrand

Second alternates: Memke, Ekstrand and Moomaw, Beckett and Jurcak.

Senior percussionist Jack Ekstrand.