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Grant Union band wins District 6 contest

Grant Union's senior band heads to state competition next month after winning first place at the District 6 competition March 19.
Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on March 26, 2014 1:17PM

The Grant Union senior band, directed by Mary Ann Vidourek, stands for applause at the close of their March 11 spring concert. The band won first place at the District 6 competition March 19 and will head to state competition next month.

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The Grant Union senior band, directed by Mary Ann Vidourek, stands for applause at the close of their March 11 spring concert. The band won first place at the District 6 competition March 19 and will head to state competition next month.

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The junior-senior choir performs at the Grant Union spring concert.

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The junior-senior choir performs at the Grant Union spring concert.

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HERMISTON – It’s a repeat – the Grant Union senior band won the March 19 District 6 competition for the second year in a row.

The Grant Union junior-senior choir received second place, also for the second consecutive year.

Both groups are led by Grant Union’s music director Mary Ann Vidourek.

She noted the band and choir each played their District repertoire at their March 11 concert at Grant Union.

“It gave us time to brush up,” she said. “They did very well.”

While the choir received the highest scores ever since becoming a junior-senior choir, they didn’t make the needed score to qualify for state.

“They’ve come a long way,” she said.

Vidourek said that next school year she’ll need more male voices as her two basses are set to graduate and two tenors are eighth-graders.

The band attends state competition at Oregon State University in Corvallis May 16.

Her group will rehearse in an auditorium before the contest with a colleague on hand to critique the band, she said.

“An auditorium stage is big and open, and how they sound to each other and to themselves is different,” she said. “I’m very proud of them for what they are able to do.”

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