TCHS/MS Bands Host Solo and Ensemble Recitals
The Tyler Consolidated High School and Middle School Bands recently hosted two recitals for band members who participated in the West Virginia Music Educators Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival. Fifty-two Knights Band members in grades 6-12 hosted recitals on Tuesday, March 12 and Friday, March 15. Tyler Consolidated had the most participants of any school in the region. The recitals, held in the auditorium at Tyler Consolidated gave family and friends a chance to hear these talented young musicians perform.
The actual Solo and Ensemble event for this region was held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at West Liberty University. After performing for a judge, students received a rating that reflected the quality of his or her performance. All Knights Band members received ratings of “superior,” “excellent,” or “good.”
Following is a list of middle school students who participated this year, their instrument, and the musical selection that they performed for adjudication.
Sixth Grade soloists: Sunshine Murphy, Flute, “Menuetto,” (Mozart); Aislinn Franks, Clarinet, “Carnival,” (Francois Couperin); Colby Nichols, Trombone, “Ruby,” (H.A. VanderCook); Isaac Jackson, Trumpet, “Gladiator,” (Forrest L. Buchtel); Jaden Ebert, Snare Drum, “Accentuate,” (Edward Freytag); and Trenton Webster, Snare Drum, “Hot Licks,” (Edward Freytag).
Seventh Grade soloists: Harley Yeater, tuba, “Air,” (Ezra Penn); Kaylee Haught, Trombone, “Emerald,” (H.A. VanderCook); Hailey Tanner, Flute, “Song Without Words,” (M. Hauser); Hayden Montgomery, Flute, “Gavotte,” (Francois-Joseph Gossec), Zayd Al-Janaby, Snare Drum, “Southern Special,” (William J. Schinstine).
Eighth Grade soloists: Emily Gorby, Trumpet, “Air for Cornet,” (Major Herman Vincent); Kaci Shanabarger, Trumpet, “Vega,” (H.A. VanderCook); Kellen Franks, Tuba, “Bordogni Medley,” (Marco Bordogni, arr. Richard W. Bowles); Peyton Hayes, Trombone, “Topaz,” (H.A. VanderCook); Abbi Kimble, Trombone, “Opal,” (H.A. VanderCook); Jesse Griffith, Trombone, “Turquoise,” (H.A. VanderCook); Autumn Shepherd, Clarinet, “Gigue,” (Arcangelo Corelli); and Brody Seckman, Trumpet, “Altair,” (H.A. VanderCook).
In addition, TCMS was represented by four ensembles. A flute quartet consisting of Kashia Brown, Emily Ebert, Hailey Tanner, and Hayden Montgomery performed “Andante Con Moto,” (Felix Mendelssohn); a horn duet comprised of band members Austin VanCamp and Aiden Swan performed two duos by Schollar; a saxophone quartet including Gwen Jacenkiw, Kellen Franks, Sydney Deaton, and Carlee Dye, performed “Le Plaisirs,” (G.P. Telemann); and a saxophone trio consisting of Gwen Jacenkiw, Sydney Deaton and Carlee Dye performed “Pavane” by Maurice Ravel.
The following high school students participated in solo and ensemble this year. Their instrument, grade, and musical selection is provided.
Freshmen soloists: Makenzie Hakes, Horn, “I See a Huntsman,” (G.F. Handel); Shauna Riggs, Trumpet, “Andante and Allegro,” (Robert Cl’risse); Ayden Hoover, Trombone, “Diamond,” (H.A. VanderCook).
Sophomore soloists: Sadie Nichols, Clarinet, “Serenade,” (Forrest L. Buchtel); Maddie Ice, Clarinet, “Themes from ‘March Slave,'” (P. Tschaikowsky); Jarrett Ice, Trumpet, “Lyra,” (H.A. VanderCook); Jeremiah Boley, Trumpet, “Antares,” (H.A. VanderCook); Jason Stanaland, Trombone, “Festive Ode,” (Clair W. Johnson); Abigail Ebert, Flute, “Sonata in F,” (G.P. Teleman); Savannah Ferrell, Bass Clarinet, “Concerto No. 8 in Bb,” (G.P. Telemann); Matthew Riddle, Tuba, “Sonata in F Major,” (Benedetto Marcello); and Isaac Melvin, Snare Drum, “Totally Stoked,” (Edward Freytag).
The junior soloists: Nachelle Probst, Trumpet, “English Suite,” (R. Bernard Fitzgerald); Shawn Jones, Snare Drum, “YeeHaw,” (Edward Freytag); and George Kester, Marimba, “Etude in C Major,” (Clair Omar Musser).
The lone senior soloist was Emily Jackson performing “Sonata in F Major,” by G.F. Handel on flute.
In addition to these soloists, four ensembles represented the Knights Band. A saxophone trio of consisting of Samantha Barnhart, Logan Wade, and Anna Griffith performed “Moderato and Allegro,” (Carrol M. Butts); a clarinet quintet represented by Brianna Wade, Maddie Ice, Sadie Nichols, Abby Ice, and Savannah Ferrell performed “Vale ‘ la Scherzo,” (Harold L. Walters); a flute duet including members Madeline Cecil and Madeline Tarnecki performed “Duet No. 1,” (Francois Devienne); and the TCHS Percussion Ensemble performed “Kaleidoscope” by Chris Brooks. Anna Grimes, George Kester, Shawn Jones, Kimmy Owens, Isaac Melvin, and Garrett Freeland performed in this group.
Preparing 52 students for their performance required a lot of extra instruction from individuals other than the director. Knights Band director Matt Jennings would like thank to the following individuals who provided piano accompaniment for the soloists: Maggie Fisher, Rusty Keplinger, Jillann Westbrook, and Amy Yeater. In addition, is very appreciative of the help of Brian Bailey, Anna Carpenter, and Sally Conklin for providing private instruction to the students.