GPS musicians capture high ratings at WNCC-hosted District VI contest

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Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 11:00 pm

Gering High School’s music department received a total of 16 superior ratings and 19 excellent ratings at the District VI Music Contest held at the Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) on Thursday, April 22.

Gering High vocal director Shelly Revelle said she was very pleased with the results of the contest. “Parents, community, school, and fellow students should be proud to have these kids representing Gering,” Revelle said. “The hard work of my students has really paid off this year.”

She praised the efforts of both vocal groups and soloists. Revelle was also justifiably proud of Harmony’s I+ rating.

“The dedication of Harmony to being great in singing and choreography is evident in the scores they were awarded,” the choral director said. “This is a group other students strive to be a part of and it shows in the hard work they continue to put into being the very best they can be.  Solo and small groups put in a lot of work outside of school and when excellence is achieved, they should be proud.”

Like his vocal counterpart, GHS band director Randy Raines was very happy with the evaluations received by his instrumentalists.

“I thought all instrumental groups (high school and freshman bands and the jazz band) performed very well,” Raines said. “They all played very difficult music and played it all at a high level. I was especially proud of all our solos and small ensembles.”

“The majority of our kids received superior ratings and four students, Amy Christensen, Nick Brady, Krissa Lewandowski and James Schwartzkopf received ‘Outstanding Performer’ certificates,” the instrumental instructor said.

A total of nearly 200 instrumentalists and vocalists competed in solo, small and large group performances among approximately 1,150 musicians from 15 area school systems in the Panhandle.

Leading the way in winning I’s, or superior awards, in the vocal division were two GHS groups: the mixed show choir, Harmony, and the girls singing group, Treble Chorus (formerly Dolce Bella). Also garnering top honors were voice soloists Elizabeth Moore, Mariah Mead and Ty Hebbert. 

In the instrumental division, Gering High entries won an equal 11 superior and excellent rankings in the district contest.

The group achieving the highest rating in this category was the jazz band which the public can enjoy in the All-Jazz Concert to be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 29) in the GHS auditorium.

Instrumental soloists garnering I’s included Krissa Lewandowski on both piano and clarinet, Brittany Walker on French horn, Amy Christensen on flute and Cassandra Doremus on bass clarinet. Both James Schwartzkopf and Nikolas Brady were awarded I’s in their tenor sax solos.

Also achieving superiors was the alto sax duet of Allison McMann and Rey Castro as well as the mixed clarinet quartet composed of Kendra Peters, Selena Garcia, Erika Bowman and Mikie Orozco.

Eight Gering vocalist entries achieved II or excellent ranking in the contest. Vocal soloists whose performances were judged excellent included Jordan Plummer and Keaton Bell. Small groups of female singers winning this rating were duets including Kaci Romney and Cortnie Romey and freshmen Sara Richter and Megan Upp, and a trio composed of Brittany Charles, Aspen Clements and Sierra Walker.

Other groups receiving evaluations of excellent were the mixed duet of Brayden Ryan and Jessica Scott, the boys octet named Loose Change and Freshmen Choir as a mixed ensemble.

Instrumental soloists who achieved ratings of excellent included Emily Hauck on oboe, Erika Neugebauer on piano, David Safford on clarinet, Jeremy Eskam on tuba and, on cornet trumpet, Megan Eitzen, Erin Kautz, Nicole Michael and Jordan Tjaden.  

The cornet trumpet duet composed of Nichole Michael and Ty Hernandez also received a II ranking. Finally, both concert bands I and II garnered ratings of excellent.

The musicians put in a long day during the contest held at the extended campus of WNCC and other Scottsbluff locations, departing from Gering High School at 7 a.m. and not returning until 4 p.m.

For a more complete listing of the contest results, go to

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