Parents and Students,

Bravo to all students who competed in the Semi-Finals round of the Solo Competition this evening! It was truly an incredible evening of performances. Please help me congratulate the following students that have been selected to advance to the 2017 Solo Competition Finals!

2017 Finalists (in alphabetical order)

Jacob Chase, trumpet
Richard Dang, marimba
Patricio Dieck, clarinet
Scott MacDonald, trumpet
Lauren Maunder, flute
Yilong Peng, flute
Charlie Stevens, marimba
Armando Tomlinson, piano
Jack Walker, euphonium
There will be a meeting for all student finalists tomorrow morning at 8:00am in my office to go over all necessary information for the Finals Dress Rehearsal and Finals Concert.

The Solo Competition Finals Concert will be on Thursday, May 11th at 7pm in the VHS Auditorium. This is a required event for all students. The concert will feature our student finalists, as well as Guest Artist, Mr. Joey Tartell. Mr. Tartell is currently an Associate Trumpet Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and he has previously performed with the Canadian Brass, Maynard Ferguson, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the US Army Jazz Ambassadors, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Congratulations again to all of our student finalists! Have a great night!

Stephanie Grote

Associate Director of Bands
Vandegrift High School