GUHS choir, band joins in district events

The Grant Union High School choir performs at district competition. Contributed photo

JOHN DAY - Grant Union High School band and choir on March 19 attended the Oregon Music Educators Association District 6 Band and Choir Competition in Hermiston. The district includes John Day, Baker City, La Grande, Enterprise, Joseph, Pendleton to Hermiston and all points in between.

Grant Union High School's choir, dressed in their new red choir robes, was the district winner of the Large Group Contest and will represent the district May 8 at Oregon State University in Corvallis. During the competition, they performed "Sing Me To Heaven," "Vezzo Sette Ninfe Bella," "April is in My Mistress' Face," "Ose Shalom" and "Angus Dei."

According to director Mary Ann Vidourek, the band performed "Hostrauser's March," which was arranged for the Grant Union Band, "A Farnaby Prelude," "Stone Mountain Fantasy" and "Strike Up the Band" and received many compliments from students and other band directors. Helix will represent the district in state competition.

On April 2, the 35-member band attended the Tri-County Band Festival held at Stanfield High School. They presented Hostrauser's March, then participated with 158 band members from nine schools. The group performed "Amparita Roca," "Red River Valley," "Stone Mountain Fantasy" and "Concerto for Faculty and Band" which also featured the band directors. Clinician and director for the massed band was Gresham High School band director Kevin Egan.

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