CORVALLIS – The Grant Union band placed fifth at the OSAA 2015 Band/Orchestra State Championships held May 13-16 at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

“We received the best scores at state and ended the year with a marked improvement over the last two years,” said Grant Union music director Mary Ann Vidourek. “One of my teaching goals this year was for the students to all improve reading rhythms and this paid off in the sight reading portion of the championships.”

The annual District Concert was held Tuesday evening at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School, past press time. Performing were the Grant Union senior band, junior band, combined choir, and the Humbolt choir and sixth-grade band, all directed by Vidourek.

Seven members of Grant Union’s band and choir have been chosen by Vidourek to participate in the Music in May Festival, this Thursday-Saturday in Forest Grove. Selected were band members Marta Faulkner, Annie Wall, Ricky Weickum and Sam Bentz, and choir members Kelsey Long, James Mabe and Serena Pace.

About 400 student musicians from Oregon, Washington and Idaho will participate in the event at Pacific University, with rehearsals and lessons on challenging selections. It wraps up with concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Stoller Center.

The conductor of the band will be Linda Moorhouse of the University of Illinois, and the choir director will be Joshua Bronfman of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

The festival is celebrating its 67th anniversary as the only college-sponsored high school music festival in the Northwest.

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