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Band Pre-Auds!

By: Tori Auckland/A&E Editor

Band Pre-Auds was last weekend! Nine students went with Mr. LuRusso to the competition. Filled with nerves and excitement, the students went off to compete in the first round. The auditions took place at Wyoming Valley West High School. After many weeks of preparation, this was the moment they had been waiting for.

Band Pre-Auds is very similar to Chorus, but has a few other requirements as well. They learn one piece of music and are asked by the judges to play two specific parts of it. They also have to play a two-octave chromatic scale and two other scales in the keys the judges choose. The music that they are given is difficult and only given to the best.

Madison Swisher went to Pre-Auds this year, and although she did not qualify for districts, she is second alternate for Trumpet. When asked what she would have changed she said, “I would have practiced harder and calmed my nerves.”

Coming back from the competition were some pretty great results. Not everyone qualified, but many of them did. The list below shows the places that they got and what instrument they play.

KayLeen Conklin- Flute, 10th place, qualified for Districts

Brandon Gentile- Bari Sax, 1st place, qualified for Districts

Madison Swisher- Trumpet, 20th place, 2nd alternative

Holly Geyer- Trumpet, 19th place, 1st alternative

Ryan Glatzel- Trumpet, 27th place

Anthony Torres- French Horn, 5th place, qualified for District Band and Orchestra

Gerald Welsted- Tuba, 3rd place, qualified for Districts

Gunner Wenzel- Tuba, 10th place, qualified for Districts

Clay Repella- Percussion, 8th place

Congratulations to everyone who made it! Your effort really payed off! Keep up the great work and let’s make it to Regions!


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