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Grant Union musicians win District 6 competition

Grant Union withstands the competition at the District 6 music festival.
Angel Carpenter

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on March 31, 2015 3:58PM

Back row, from left: Jeffrey Hensley, Billy Copenhaver, Duane Stokes, Elijah Humbird, Ricky Weickum, Nick Springer, Clay Johnson, Cauy Weaver, Ty McDaniel. Middle row: Blake Stone, Reitta Wyllie, Brooke Pereira, Brogan McKrola, Auna Waldner, Josh Carpenter, Sam Bentz, Daniel Soto Llarena and director Mary Ann Vidourek. Front row: Serena Pace, Dauna Bishop, Eli Carniglia, Annie Wall, Chloe Bentz and Mariah Boyd. Not pictured: Marta Faulkner, Chase Workman, Maia Adams and Rose Allen.

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Back row, from left: Jeffrey Hensley, Billy Copenhaver, Duane Stokes, Elijah Humbird, Ricky Weickum, Nick Springer, Clay Johnson, Cauy Weaver, Ty McDaniel. Middle row: Blake Stone, Reitta Wyllie, Brooke Pereira, Brogan McKrola, Auna Waldner, Josh Carpenter, Sam Bentz, Daniel Soto Llarena and director Mary Ann Vidourek. Front row: Serena Pace, Dauna Bishop, Eli Carniglia, Annie Wall, Chloe Bentz and Mariah Boyd. Not pictured: Marta Faulkner, Chase Workman, Maia Adams and Rose Allen.

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PENDLETON – They’ve done it again.

The Grant Union band won the March 18 Oregon Music Education Association’s District 6 large group festival competition for the third consecutive year.

“The ensemble played with great enthusiasm and attention to musical details the pieces required,” said director Mary Ann Vidourek. “This group has improved throughout this school year, and are proud of their accomplishment.”

The band includes many underclassmen who play well, she said, which helps the program, since those musicians will continue to improve as they progress through high school.

The selections the band played included: “National Emblem March,” “Echoes From a Russian Cathedral,” “Folk Song Variants” and “Pantheon.”

The choir also performed and received higher scores than last year.

Vidourek noted the choir received training at a clinic with one of the adjudicators to help them improve.

“I have a very young choir, but they are learning and growing and have a lot of heart to do well,” the Grant Union director said.

The junior and senior bands and combined choir will be joined by the Humbolt Elementary School choir and sixth-grade band next month for the All District Band and Choir Concert at Grant Union at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19.



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