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Mount Si musicians take top honors in busy weekend

  - Photo by Robert Wachtendonk Photography
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The Mount Si High School jazz bands and vocal programs earned significant honors the weekend of Feb. 1 to 3, starting with the two-day Viking Jazz Festival on Bainbridge Island.

Mount Si Jazz II and Jazz I bands were both named in the top three of their divisions after preliminary performances, which qualified them to play in the finals concert Friday evening, Feb. 1.

In the finals, Mount Si Jazz 2 won first place in its division, under the direction of Matt Wenman; Mount Si Jazz 1 won first place in its division, under the direction of Adam Rupert; senior Aaron Tevis won best trumpet soloist; and Jazz 1 claimed the Sweepstakes award as the best band at the festival.

Early the next morning (Saturday, Feb. 2), approximately 45 band and choir students convened at Liberty High School in Issaquah for the 2013 Solo & Ensemble Festival, a competition which features student performances of traditional, classical music.

Junior Boone Hapke, playing bassoon, won the Eastshore Region Solo Competition and will advance to Central Washington University in April to compete against winners from 21 other state regions.In choir, junior Brooke Beatie, and sophomores Jonica Beatie and Morgan Myers performed as a trio to win the Women's Vocal Small Ensemble division and will compete at state in April. Senior Janna Haskin and freshman Jacob Wachtendonk were named as alternates in the state solo competition, as well.

Later that day, Mount Si's Jazz Band 1 participated in the 2013 Bellevue College Jazz Festival, which is "known as the most difficult festival on the West Coast" according to Rupert. With a preliminary performance in the top three, the band was again a finalist, along with Garfield and Roosevelt High Schools.

In the finals, Mount Si was named runner up, after Roosevelt's Jazz Band 1, junior Christian Henriksen won best bass soloist, and Aaron Tevis received his second best trumpet soloist honors of the weekend.

"These are great accomplishments that we are all a part of!" said Rupert.

Two live performances of these musically-talented youth are coming up. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Snoqualmie Valley School District Jazz Festival starts at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, and on March 14, the Mount Si High School band will perform a concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Robert Wachtendonk photo

The Mount Si Jazz Band performs at Bellevue College's jazz festival. In the finals, Mount Si was named runner up

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