Thirteen Spring Hill High School band students, under the direction of Dan Wooge, earned spots to compete at the Kansas State Music Festival last weekend. They earned the honor after scoring “I” ratings at the Regional Music Festival at Baker University on April 13.
State-bound band members included a trumpet quartet comprised of Trevor Waddle, Brad Smoot, Emily Simmons and Garrett Krouch; and a trombone quartet comprised of Skylar Crookston, Nich Kenrick, Jacob Brooks and Riley Waddle.
Soloists representing SHHS included Riley Waddle on the tuba; Nick Penichet on the snare drum; Cordy Wesonig on the xylophone; Ethan Martin on the snare drum; and Zach Shields on the tenor saxophone.
Members of the trombone quartet, along with soloists Martin, Penichet, and Shields each earned “I” ratings at state last weekend. All other soloists and the trumpet quartet were within three points of the top rating.
SHHS vocalists, under the direction of Georann Whitman, also competed at the state music competition. After advancing from regional competition, the Madrigal Men and Destiny ensembles advanced to state along with soloists Jason Shipps, Rob Lockett and Hannah Oldham.
The Madrigal Men received a “I” rating – just two points shy of a perfect score. Soloist Lockett also received a “I” rating at state. Soloists Shipps and Oldham and the Destiny ensemble earned “II” ratings.
Seven orchestra members,  under the direction of Sarah Dorian, also competed at state last weekend. They include violinists Rebekah Anderson, Kelsey Campbell, Taylor Hayden, Matthew Lundy, and Sarah Ray; viola player Matisson Sills and Nick Penichet, double bass.
Lundy, Wray, Penichet and Sills earned the highest “I” ratings, while hayden, Anderson, and Campbell earned “II” ratings.