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Big Sandy Students prove they are Superior at State Music Festival


May 8, 2019

Seniors perform at their last Music Festival, l to r: Grace Finke, Georgia Wortman, Jaylyn Cline, Tyler Schwarzbach, and Jordan Schwarzbach.

The Big Sandy High School music program qualified twenty events for the state music festival held at Helena High School on May 3rd & 4th. Under the direction of Susan Walker and with the preparation of Amanda Robertson, the musicians earned 13 superior ratings and 7 excellent ratings.

Mrs. Walker came out of retirement to finish the school year for Mrs. Robertson, who is currently on maternity leave. Mrs. Walker reported that the adjudicators were much tougher this year, thus a superior rating was far more difficult to achieve than in recent years past. She was pleased by this change, as she feels that students should have to work very hard to earn a superior rating at state.

Earning superior ratings were: Sandy Select Vocal ensemble, Sandy Sweethearts Vocal ensemble, Bailey Gasvoda Sax solo, Bailey Gasvoda Piano solo, Audrey Sipler Flute solo, Erin Taylor Violin solo, Audrey Sipler/Abriana Blanton/Alicia Bjornestad Flute trio, Audrey Sipler/Jozlyn Baumann Flute/Clarinet duet, Georgia Wortman/Tyler Schwarzbach Trumpet duet, Katherine Bold Sax solo, Tyler Schwarzbach Vocal solo, Tyler Schwarzbach/Cam Schwarzbach Vocal duet and Abriana Blanton Flute solo.

Earning excellent ratings were: Georgia Wortman/Jaylyn Cline Vocal duet, Bailey Gasvoda/Katherine Bold/Tavie Wortman/Kade Strutz Sax quartet, Audrey Sipler/Abriana Blanton/Jozlyn Baumann/Grace Finke Woodwind quartet, Cam Schwarzbach Vocal solo, Abriana Blanton Vocal solo, Jaylyn Cline/Georgia Wortman/Tyler Schwarzbach/Jordan Schwarzbach Vocal quartet and Jordan Schwarzbach Vocal solo.


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