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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • CHS band members honored

  • Chillicothe High School's instrumental music department presented its annual year-capping spring concert in the school's Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center last evening.
    The 78-member symphonic band presented four selections after the 19-strong jazz group performed two numbers to open the program. Several members of the jazz ensemble were featured in brief "solos" during those two pieces.
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  • Chillicothe High School's instrumental music department presented its annual year-capping spring concert in the school's Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center last evening.
    The 78-member symphonic band presented four selections after the 19-strong jazz group performed two numbers to open the program. Several members of the jazz ensemble were featured in brief "solos" during those two pieces.
    Three CHS musicians who earned "I" ratings for solo work at state competition – Ditri Carden (euphonium), Baily Fox (tuba), and Claire Chapman (clarinet) – also presented their achievement-earning pieces in spotlight fashion.
    Prior to the final musical performance of the night, director Sarah Cavanah, on behalf of herself and assistant Joe Hull, introduced and gave individual recognition to many members, capped by the presentation of annual special awards.
    Introduced for recognition were the numerous students who competed individually or in ensembles in district or state competition – including All-State honorable mention guitarist Skylor Foli – and/or participated in the North Central Missouri Bandmasters Clinic honors band.
    Finally, after presenting band "letters" to the many students who earned them, the recipients of seven special awards were announced.
    Given this year's nationally-based John Philip Sousa Award for overall achievement was senior flutist/pianist Erynn Skoglund.
    The local Charles W. Maupin Award for excellence in instrumental music, established in honor of retired CHS band instructor Bill Maupin, who was in attendance, went to senior trumpeter Kylee Chastain.
    Another national award, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award was presented to senior trombonist Matthew Sturm.
    Sophomore euphonium player Ditri Carden was selected as the band's most improved musician in 2013-14, while, by grade level, top underclassmen (through participation points earned) were junior tenor saxophonist Brooke Nelson, sophomore clarinetist Claire Chapman, and freshman flutist Audrey Edmisson.
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