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.
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