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MCAS Band Students Excel at Regional and State ISSMA Competitions

MCAS Band Students Excel at Regional and State ISSMA Competitions

Instrumental music students from several Michigan City Area Schools took part in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) solo and ensemble contest on February 3, 2024 at Kankakee Valley Middle School, with nearly 40 receiving gold and silver ratings.

During the ISSMA event on February 3, the following students participated in the Solo and Ensemble and received many high marks and gold ratings: Frank Anderson, Sophia Barczak, Jimmy Biela, Zoe Brooks, Yarnikqwa Crume, Ethan David, Andrew Deleon, Anthony Jaimes, Daniel Kohn, Arianna Lemons, Dylan Mashburn, Jada Mckendree, Jennifer Mezo, Torrey Morris, Kenneth Oviatt, Raina Potter, Josh Pratt, Brandon Roadarmel, Athena Roberts, Jaiden Sledd, Weston Smith, Ashley Sparks, James Symons, Vivian Taylor, Trevor Trusty, Ke’von Whitlow, and Isaac Yanke.

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Seven students from Michigan City High School earned gold ratings on music of the highest difficulty level and advanced to the ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble competition at North Central High School in Indianapolis on February 24. These students are Frank Anderson, Sophia Barczak, Jimmy Biela, Ashley Sparks, Jada Mckendree, Vivian Taylor, and Isaac Yanke.

Five students from Michigan City High School received a gold rating at the State level: Frank Anderson (tenor saxophone), Sophia Barczak (E-flat and B-flat clarinet), Jimmy Biela (snare drum), Ashley Sparks (oboe and mellophone), and Jada Mckendree (clarinet).

MCHS students who received a silver rating include Vivian Taylor (tenor saxophone) and Isaac Yanke (alto saxophone).

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Seven Michigan City High School students earned gold ratings on music of the highest difficulty level and advanced to the ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble competition on February 24. (Back row: Vivian Taylor, Ashley Sparks, Sophia Barczak, Jada Mckendree. Front row: Isaac Yanke, Frank Anderson, Jimmy Biela)

Nine students from Krueger Middle School received a gold rating during the event on February 3. They include eighth graders Damani Edgington (flute), Hillary Labis (trumpet), Deaundria Nelson (clarinet), Abby Shanks (clarinet), Connor Vandenberg (trumpet), Jayvin Williams (trumpet), Julianna Wolford (clarinet); and seventh graders Danielle Fowler (clarinet) and Alejandro Lopez (trumpet).

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Krueger Band Instructor George Olson with Juliana Wolford and Damani Edgington at the Indiana State School Music Association

Four eighth-grade students from Barker Middle School received a gold rating: Acasia Berry, Mackenzie Beal, and Leah Pollock for a clarinet trio. The following also received a gold rating for solo performances: Beal (clarinet), Berry (clarinet), and Charlotte Wildfang (percussion) for a marimba solo.

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Barker students Acasia Berry, Makenzie Beal, and Leah Pollock performed in a Clarinet Trio and received a Gold Rating.

Michigan City Area Schools band teachers Frank Gast, Jacen Smith, and George Olson attended the February ISSMA competition with the students and helped them prepare.