Band and choir students take home accolades for musical skills

Throughout the year, members of the WLHS band and choir have been working to produce quality music. Over the weekends of May 5, at the Northwest Jazz Band Festival and the State Choir Championships, and May 12, at the State Orchestra and Band Championships, their hard work paid off.

The Jazz Ensemble took third place at the Jazz Band Festival and a few Jazz Band members were recognized for outstanding solos. Matthew Miller, junior, and Joonas Lemetyinen, senior, were recognized for their work on the trombone. Anthony Glausi, senior, wowed the judges with his trumpet solo. Jenna Tatiyatrairong, senior, was pointed out as a pianist, and Caroline Attanasio, senior, achieved recognition for her work on tenor saxophone.

The Symphonic Choir took 18th in the State Championships, which, according to Barbara Fontana, choir director, is a great improvement from last year. In addition, the choir tied with three other schools for 13th in sight-singing.

“I feel satisfied knowing we did our best,” Fontana said. “We worked really hard and the students gave me their best, so no matter what place we get, I’m happy.”

In the State Championships for orchestra, West Linn’s Symphony Orchestra placed fifth. This is the second consecutive year it has done so. In the State Championships for Band, West Linn reached tenth place.

“Needless to say,” Egan said, “all of the musicians represented WLHS very well and were model students and musicians.”