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Henrietta band members earn gold at state solo and ensemble contest


Four Henrietta High School band students earned gold medals at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble contest Saturday, May 24. The competition was held at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville.

543430_762423877119807_1828419546_nKatelyn Suneson earned a “superior” rating for a gold medal in vocal solo, while Isaac Stilwell earned a “superior” rating and gold medal as a tuba soloist. The woodwind trio of Mikayla Taylor on flute, Joyana Zamzow on oboe and Suneson on clarinet also earned a “superior” rating for a gold medal.

Danielle Holmes is a silver medalist, earning an “excellent” rating for her flute solo.

The brass quintet of Bryce Schroeder on trumpet, Joseph Davis on trumpet, Krystal DeLucio on French horn, Jacob Jones on trombone and James Duke on tuba earned an “excellent” rating.

The percussion ensemble of Nathan Clark on drumset, Brady Wheeler on bass guitar, Miranda Flores on accessories, Mikayla Taylor on piano, Gabrielle Matthews on timpani and bells, Jayson Nixon on vibraphone and Delanie Franklin on marimba earned a “good” rating.

Students qualified for state competition by earning a Class 1 “superior” rating at the regional contest Feb, 8 at Wichita Falls High School.

Also competing at regionals, baritone soloist Austin Barr and the flute trio of Michaela Hedrick, Alora Taptto and Alexina Wages eared Class 2 “superior” ratings.

In Class 3, clarinet soloist Briana Swaney and French horn soloist Leilani Barton earned “superior” ratings, as did the saxophone quartet of Nicole Bell, Clayton Fugett, Skylar Jacobson and Madi Roberts, and the trumpet trio of Barton, Abby Smith and Lauren Taylor.

Jones earned a “superior” rating for an un-memorized solo, a region-only event.

Band Director Kenneth Gilbreath said it was the first time in recent memory that all students competing received the highest rating.


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