The Marion County R-II High School Band earned a “I” rating, and three entries advanced to the state music contest as a result of efforts at recent music contests in Kirksville and Wright City.

“Lots of good things are happening at Marion County,”  commented judge Julie Capps before assigning a top rating to the band, whose performance of “Winchester March” and “Wyndham Variations” received top ratings from all four judges.  

Most frequent judge comments included “highly disciplined group”, “very well prepared”, and “warm concert sound.”

Among  the solo and ensemble participants, three entries qualified for state music contest by receiving “Exemplary” ratings.  

The Trumpet Trio of Sam Bridgman, Jackson Stewart, and Colby Schulz received a “I” for their performance of “March for a Royal Entry.”  

Schulz earned an “I” rating for his vocal solo and also his tuba solo, allowing him to be triple entered in the state contest for a second consecutive year.

“This was a totally new experience for most of our students, and they handled the pressure beautifully,” said R-II music director Todd Richman. “I was, of course, pleased with their results, but I was most happy with the well disciplined and poised manner in which they represented the school.”

Receiving ratings of “Outstanding” included vocal solos by Victoria Jackson and Grace Stark,  brass solos by Samuel Bridgman (French horn) and Morgen Oles (Trombone), and a piano solo performed by Colby Schulz.

Both vocal ensembles from R-II were designated “Outstanding.”  

The Girls’ six includes Grace Bridgman, Delaney Straus, Lakota Honeycutt, Grace Stark, Jordyn Castro, and Makenzie Crook.  

The Men’s eight includes Morgen Oles, Isiaih Powers, Jackson Stewart, Samuel Bridgman, Tevin Vore, Landen Holt, Matt Wellman, and Colby Schulz.

The state music contest will be held Saturday, April 27, at the University of Missouri in Columbia.