TC musicians head to state solo, ensemble contest

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TELL CITY – The Tell City Junior-Senior High School band was represented by 50 members at a recent solo and ensemble competition Jan. 28 at Southridge High School in Huntingburg. According to band director Natasha Edmondson, all band students that participated in the event spent extra time outside of normal band class practicing their routines.

“It takes a lot of individual practice time to perfect their music for a judge,” she said. “During the month of January not only did the students work on their concert band music and pep band music, they spent time on their own, devoted to practicing for their solo or ensemble.”

Each student chose what they would like to do at solo and ensemble, either a solo or an ensemble with three or more people. The work paid off, as the performers brought home 25 gold ratings and another 24 silver.

“It takes a lot of courage for a student to perform a solo and, this year, we had more soloists than ever before,” Edmondson said. “I really push our students to attend this event because it’s the only time they get to focus solely on their own individual musicianship and it’s the best time for them to grow as musicians.”

Among the numerous accolades, members Nono Higuchi, Corrie Kimbril, Mariah Klueh, Maryann Miller, Jamie Ward and Jasey Williams went on to perform Feb. 25 at state solo and ensemble competitions.