Thank you for a wonderful day of solo performances! The judges were extremely impressed with the musicianship and professionalism in all rooms today! Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to advance to the Semi-Finals, which will be on Monday, May 8th from 4:00-8:00pm. The Semi-Finals schedule will be available early next week.

2017 Semi-Finalists (in alphabetical order)
Rehaan Adhikary, alto saxophone
Pranav Batra, bass clarinet
Drew Burky, flute
Jacob Chase, trumpet
Nicholas Cummings, piano
Richard Dang, marimba
Patricio Dieck, clarinet
Lauren Hallonquist, bassoon
Jackson Hoopes, marimba
Connor Korioth, tuba
Eli Laird, marimba
Ryan Lea, bass clarinet
Scott MacDonald, trumpet
Lauren Maunder, flute
Cameron McAfee, trombone
Alex Moore, horn
Amber Nguyen, marimba
Yilong Peng, flute
Luke Salazar, marimba
Charles Stevens, marimba “Musetta’s Waltz”
Andrew Tang, alto saxophone
Armando Tomlinson, piano
Jack Walker, euphonium
Zac Weiss, clarinet
Kurt Wokoek, trombone

I would like to personally thank the students and parents who volunteered to make today’s contest a great experience for all. We had terrific room monitors that helped keep everything on schedule: Xiaolan Qui, Anja Seth, Kimberly Ohlson, Christie Jemai, Naomi Moore, Rebecca Lambeth, Cynthia Evans, Durga Sethuraman, Kim Rolloff, Kathy Hernandez, Keri Bryan, Stephanie Gilbert, Julie Apra, and Amy Baginski. Thank you all so much! Also, a huge thank you to Mrs. Thompson for coordinating hospitality, Mrs. Ohlson and Mr. Bettler for generating the computer forms for the judges, Hunter Griesbach and team for coordinating logistics, and Hannah Davidson for her assistance with all computers, forms, music, and schedules!

Great job to all! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Stephanie Grote
Associate Director of Bands
Vandegrift High School