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Tyler Consolidated ranks excellent at Choir Competition

By Staff | Apr 29, 2015

Taking part in the recent music in the park are freshmen Taylor Britton, Jenna Dawson, Taylor Gilmore, Danielle Grimes, Tori Hunter, Bayli Johnson, Monica Likens, Chelsea Moore, Cheyenne Morris, Storm Smith, Megan Winter; Sophomores Jenna Archer, Makaila Brown, Bethany Littell, Laurel Taylor, Jade Weekley; Juniors Brittany Bishop, Kara Dalrymple, Martha Shepherd, Kristen Smith; Seniors Kelsey Bonar, Kimmie Boito, Bryan Day, Daniel Grimm, Mikayla Eads, Brandon Moore, Tiffany Spencer, Mason West, Zach Zills.

Tyler Consolidated High School achieved the ranking of excellent and brought home second place at the Music in the Parks competition, held at the Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, Va. First place went to St. Joseph’s College High School, a private high school located in Washington, D.C.

Music in the Parks is a national competition that is held every year. This year’s competition hosted 30 competitors coming from a variety of locations including Washington, D.C., Virginia, New York, and locally Tyler Consolidated High School Choir.

Every group gets an award and there are rankings according to how many groups entered. There are also scales on which how each group performs. There is superior, Excellent, Good, fair, and poor.

Brian Day won “outstanding student accompanist.” Day, who normally plays baritone saxophone, won the award performing conga drums.

According to Bryce Negie, Choir Director for the Tyler Consolidated Middle and High School, “Brian was outside of his normal element, which made his win all the more terrific.”

Negie is a 2007 graduate of Tyler Consolidated High School and a 2011 graduate of West Liberty University. This year is his second year as choir director.

Along with competing and gaining not only second place but also an excellent ranking, students were able to experience a few landmarks and locations that many do not get to experience. According to Negie, they were able to visit memorials, museums, the Smithsonian, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery and they were even able to witness the changing of the guard.

“The students represented the county with very good manners,” he said.