PC performers earn top rankings

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

HUNTINGBURG - Perry Central Community School musicians returned to Leopold with five gold and two silver medals, and those who didn't achieve the gold standard came very close, in solo competition Saturday at Southridge High School.

That's according to Music Director Rob Cason, who said Tuesday he was pleased at the results of Indiana State School Music Association solo-and-ensemble contests. Saturday's event was one of two district contests at 24 sites in which student musicians could qualify for state competition.

Trombonist Colton Wilson secured his gold medal in Group 1, the category in which such a finish is necessary to advance.

Janelle Howard, a clarinet player, earned a silver medal in Group 1.

Trumpet-player Melinda Buckler and flutist Becca Taylor earned gold ratings in Group 2. Sam Noble qualified as a Group 3 gold-medalist on clarinet. Flutist Alyssa Crowe was rated at the gold level, and trumpeter Aaron Cecil at the silver, in Group 5.

Perry Central had no ensembles in the contest.

"I was really happy with the day," Cason said. "Five of the seven entries got gold." Cecil was a half-point shy of gold, he added, and "Janelle was really close. She played a solo she'd had for only three weeks."

All of his students worked very hard, Cason said. In his first year of music leadership at the Leopold school, his students earned gold at an ISSMA regional marching-band contest in October.

Next on their performance agenda will be concert-band contests, for which music is now being selected, Cason said.

"I'm very pleased with the year," he said. "Overall, the kids have a good work ethic, they've worked really hard and I think things are moving in the right direction."