Junior High Band students earn top ratings at Solo & Ensemble

On Saturday, thirteen Monroe Junior High Band students participated in the region’s Solo and Ensemble festival.  All students earned top scores!

We regularly have students participate in High School solo and ensemble, but this is the first time we have sent junior high students.  As you might imagine, this was a very exciting event and nervous time for these students. 


Students who participated:

            7th grade


                        Zoe Bruce, Trumpet solo- rated Superior I


                        Olivia Hall, Flute solo –rated Superior I


                        Sami Nickell, Clarinet solo -rated Superior I


                        Lindsey Proffitt, Clarinet solo -rated Excellent II


            8th grade


                        Valarie Gabbard, flute solo-rated Superior I;    flute quartet- rated Excellent II                 


                        Ben Jeffers, piano solo- rated Superior I


                        Dillon Mayes, French horn solo-rated Excellent II


                        Megan McIntosh, Flute Quartet-rated Excellent II                   


                        Kylie Sebastian, Flute solo- rated Superior I;   Flute quartet-rated Excellent II


                        Madison Snedigar, Marimba solo- rated Superior I


                        Elizabeth Surfus, piano solo-rated Superior I;            Clarinet solo- rated Good III


                        Bridgette Tramontano, bass clarinet solo-rated Superior I


                        Morgan Wade, flute solo-rated Superior I;         Flute Quartet- rated Excellent II





What is solo and ensemble?

                     Solo & Ensemble is open to all students who elect to learn a solo or small group work.

                     The students prepare a piece for weeks prior to the event.  They must also memorize basic scales.

                     At their assigned time, the student(s) perform their musical work for a certified judge who, by using state created criteria, assigns a score to the individual or group. The judges also give written comments to show area in which students excel or needs improvement.

                      Performance scores are designated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the best. 

                      Students who earn a score of 1-Superior or 2-Excellent receive a certificate and a pin signifying their achievements.