The Crofton Band and Chorus traveled to Hartington and competed in the District Music Contest on Friday, April 22, in Hartington, coming home with top scores in several categories.
The students competed in a variety of events, including: Mixed Chorus, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Men’s Vocal Ensemble, Women’s Vocal Ensemble, vocal duets, vocal solos, and instrumental solos.
District Music Contest is scored on five number scale, with 1 being the highest score possible.
This year, Crofton earned top scores in Mixed Chorus, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. The Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, and Drum Quartet earned Division 1 scores, with the Women’s Ensemble receiving an Outstanding Performance Award and a perfect score.
The following students scored in vocal solos: Roy Knapp, Division I; Jack Schieffer, Division I; Emma Bilka, Division I; Araya Nielsen, Division I; Karley Schieffer, Division I; Elizabeth Wortmann, Division I; Carter Guenther, Division II; Rowdy Hegge, Division II; and Grant Schieffer, Division II. Additionally, Karley Schieffer earned an Honorable Mention for her solo.
Vocal duets ranked as follows: Roy Knapp and Karley Schieffer, Division I; Jeffrey Birger and Edison Sudbeck, Division I; and Emma Bilka and Araya Nielsen, Division II.
Finally, the following students scored in instrumental solos: Austin Guenther, Tuba, Division I; Carter Guenther, Tuba, Division I; Grant Schieffer, Trombone, Division I; Karley Schieffer, Trumpet, Division I; and Jenna Jackson, Alto Saxophone, Division I.
Choral Director Katie Kleinschmit commented, “A lot of hard work went into District Music Contest. Ashley Leader and I had so much fun today because our kids were prepared; we pushed and guided them, but they put in the time. It was fun to celebrate success with all of them!”
The Crofton Band performs their concert band pieces at District Music Contest.