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Mason High School Band Places in the Top at State Competition

Friday, April 13, 2018  
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Members of the Mason High School Band participated and succeeded in taking top recognition at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival which took place on March 17.

Mason students were invited to perform at the State Festival after receiving a First Division rating at the District Festival which was held on February 3. Soloists are judged based on performance of scales and sight reading on a 100-point scale. The highest scoring students are invited to the Michigan Youth Arts Program. Kyle Sodman, who plays bassoon and Amelia Mills who plays clarinet have been invited to the Michigan Youth Arts Program. The Michigan Youth Arts Program takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University in May. Additionally, Lillian Droscha received an Outstanding Soloist Award for her piano performance.

Several other Mason students placed in the First, Second and Third Divisions for their performances based on a set of performance standards 1-5; 1 representing the top score. These students include:

  • First Division Ratings: Caitlin VanPeenen – Flute Solo.
  • Alison Waggoner – Flute Solo
  • Lillian Droscha – Oboe Solo
  • Kyle Sodman – Bassoon Solo
  • Amelia Mills – Clarinet Solo
  • Maddie Quinlan – Clarinet Solo
  • Sarah Brown – Alto Saxophone Solo
  • Bryton Brown – Tenor Saxophone Solo
  • Andy Peffers – Tenor Saxophone Solo
  • Jenna Johnson – Trumpet Solo
  • Hannah Davies – Trombone Solo
  • Nathan Estwick – Trombone Solo
  • Jillian Schroeder – Trombone Solo
  • Brandt Trotter – Trombone Solo
  • Lillian Droscha – Piano Solo
  • Kirstin Kribs – Violin Solo
  • Sarah Johnson and Alison Waggoner – Flute Duet
  • Faith Davies and Lillian Droscha – Oboe Duet
  • Caitlin VanPeenen and Amelia Mils – Flute and Clarinet Duet
  • Hannah Davies and Nathan Estwick – Trombone Duet
  • Jillian Schroeder and Brandt Trotter – Trombone Duet
  • Julia Droscha and Daria Thomson – Tuba
  • Duet Ryan Byars and Aaron Hogue – Snare Drum Duet
  • Dylyn Cady and Micah Williamson – Snare Drum Duet
  • Casey Anderson, Christian DeMoss and Kyle Sodman – Bassoon Trio
  • Jenna Johnson, Ella Kremkow, Hannah Davies and Julia Droscha – Brass Quartet Concert Band
  • Caitlin VanPeenen, Lillian Droscha, Amelia Mills, Kyle Sodman and Cara VanderMolen – Woodwind Quintet
  • Second Division Ratings: Emma Smith – Alto Saxophone Solo
  • Caleb Personius – Tenor Saxophone Solo
  • Julia Droscha – Tuba Solo
  • Daria Thomson – Tuba Solo
  • Faith Davies and Allison Clark – Oboe and Clarinet Duet
  • Lee Heaviland and Andy Peffers – Saxophone Duet
  • Caleb Personius and Lee Heaviland – Saxophone Duet
  • Kyle Sodman and Jack Hendrickson – Bassoon Duet
  • Third Division Ratings: Shyanne Ferman - Flute Solo
  • James Turkovich, Andy Peffers, Lee Heaviland, Jack Hendrickson and John Rumler – Quintet

Beth Bousfield, Mason Band Director said, “I am very proud of the students that participated at the state level. This year’s senior class has contributed greatly to the outstanding results.” For more information on the Mason Public Schools band program, please visit

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