Band plays a tribute for Newberg Student

Symphonic performs a memorial for Newberg boy at their league competition


Ashley Newbore

Symphonic band performs at Tualatin High School for their league competition. At the competition, all of the schools gathered to perform a tribute for a Newberg band student.

Symphonic band set out for Tualatin High School on April 11 for the Three Rivers League competition. They competed against Canby, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Newberg, Sherwood, Tigard, and Tualatin, placing second behind Sherwood.

“We performed ‘Esprit de corps’ by Robert Jager, ‘Wedding Dance’ by Jacques Press, ‘Sleepers Awake’ by J.S. Bach, and ‘Liturgical Dances’ by David Holsinger,” Lauren Griffith, junior, said.

Once all the schools had finished their performances, the schools gathered back on stage to perform a song in memoriam of a band student from Newberg High School.

“All of the schools performed ‘Salvation is Created’ by Pavel Tchesnokov for him,” Griffith said. “It was the most meaningful part. We played as a mass ensemble for Newberg because it meant a lot to them and it was cool to just get like 400 people together and play.”

With this being one of the highlights of the competition, band members still had their favorite parts of the day.

“My favorite part was just being on stage and playing,” Griffith said. The mass performance still is one of the memorable parts of the competition.

“I really enjoyed listening to the other bands that were part of the competition, especially Sherwood,” Sophie Skloss, senior, said. “It was nice to listen to different school’s bands as opposed to just West Linn’s.”

With this being the final competition before the band heads to the state competition May 13, they are working hard to perfect their ensembles in order to have a great final performance of the year.