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MARION CENTER: Chorus, band members compete at county level

by JAKEB RISING, Gazette student news reporter on January 31, 2014 10:50 AM

MARION CENTER — Marion Center’s music department is in the middle of festival season, during which band and chorus students enjoy playing, singing and competing.

The band recently performed at United High School for County Band and will be competing for seats at District Band next week. Chorus students recently sang in District Chorus, with two earning a spot in Regional Choir.

On Jan. 24, 14 band students signed up for and attended County Band at United: Kayla Stumpf, Jacob Cogley, Brittany Gaston, Anna Herman, Tessa Buterbaugh, Maranda Anderson, Arista Barnoff, Logan Short, Rylie Schoch, Haley Frazee, Rachel Johns, Alexis Mouser, Maleah Orr and Mackenzie Walker. District Band is fast approaching, scheduled for Wednesday through Feb. 8.

[PHOTO: Six Marion Center Area High School students attended District Chorus on Jan. 11. Madison Lazeration and Lindsay Herring will be advancing to Regional Chorus in mid-February. Pictured are, front row, from left, Lazeration, Herring and Maddie Geesey; and back, Alex Brewer, Nathan Tyger and Colton Bennett.  (Submitted photo/Marion Center Area High School)]

The four-day event for PMEA District 3 Band is being held at Punxsutawney High School, and the six students participating are Kayla Stumpf on alto clarinet; Jacob Cogley on tenor saxophone, Tessa Buterbaugh on flute, Brittany Gaston on oboe, Maranda Anderson on French horn and Erika Mack on bass clarinet.

They will be auditioning for their chair placements on Wednesday and the concert will be held on Feb. 8. Students placing in the top half of their section will move on to Regional Band.

Two students played in December for the PMEA District 3 Jazz Band: Arista Barnoff played on tenor saxophone in the red band, and Brittany Gaston played alto saxophone with the blue band.

In other news, Jonathan Schaller, Marion Center Area High School’s band director and teacher, was recently awarded a set of Rico Reserve mouthpieces for each clarinet student in the high school. Valued at over $100 each, they are Schaller’s mouthpiece of choice and he is very excited to be able to give them to his students.

He won the mouthpieces through a contest sponsored by Rico Reserve and D’Addario Woodwinds at a conference he attended before Christmas.

District Chorus was held on Jan. 11 at Clarion-Limestone High School. Students competing were Colton Bennett, Alex Brewer, Madison Lazeration, Nathan Tyger, Maddie Geesey and Lindsay Herring. Of the six students who competed, Herring and Lazeration will be moving on to Regional Chorus at Girard, Feb. 13-15. Marion Center’s chorus students are taught and directed by Chelise Allocco.

Other upcoming events for the music department include “Shrek the Musical” in April and spring concerts in May.

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