The students of the group Manistee perform well in solo and ensemble festivals

MANISTEE — The Manistee Middle School band held a solo and ensemble festival on Saturday, and the Chippewas put on a slew of strong performances, recording 14 1s — the highest possible score — and two 2s.

• Nathan Erlandson for an oboe solo;

• Madalyn Wayward, Lindsey Gardner, Gabrielle Senters, Danielle Vasquez, Valerie Wagner, Olivia Salmon, Nolan Dalke and Macaela Bruce as percussion ensemble;

• Salmon, Jaylyn Randall and Georgia Haag as a clarinet trio;


• Marlee Alexander for a flute solo;

• Clear Wang for a flute solo;

• Andy O’Donnell and Caleb Eilers in brass duo;

• Christian Erlandson for a clarinet solo;

• Owen Heintzelman for a trombone solo;

• O’Donnell and Gregory Carlson as a snare drum duo;

• Natalie Kaminski and Kiera Tompkins in flute duo;

• Eilers for a tuba solo;

• April Konen and Emma Monroe in a marimba duo;

• Jazlin Annis and Katelyn Verdi in flute duo; and

• Wang and Marlee Alexander in flute duet.

Manistee High School students performed well at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival, held virtually March 14-19.

Soloists receiving 1 ratings for Manistee were Jack O’Donnell, snare drum; Emily Sullivan, clarinet and piano; Seth Thompson, clarinet; and Avery Vaas, clarinet.

Ensembles receiving 1 ratings were Jack O’Donnell and Braydon Sorenson, snare drum; and Sullivan and Vaas, clarinet.

Through their performances, Sullivan and Thompson qualified for the MSBOA Concerto Competition held on April 8 at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, with Sullivan advancing to the second round of 10 finalists.

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