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JHS band students earn honors

On February 18, 69 Alexandria Jefferson High School (JHS) band students participated in the Region 8AA central solo and ensemble contest in Brainerd. The JHS instrumentalists achieved 22 superior ratings and 14 excellent ratings.

On February 18, 69 Alexandria Jefferson High School (JHS) band students participated in the Region 8AA central solo and ensemble contest in Brainerd. The JHS instrumentalists achieved 22 superior ratings and 14 excellent ratings.

Special honors went to Lizzy Lieffort (flute) and Eric Graf (alto sax) for being named outstanding performers. Both received perfect scores of 40 on their solos. They were awarded the "Spotlight on Excellence" award by the Minnesota State High School League.

  • Students receiving superior ratings include: Woodwind quintet (Lizzy Lieffort, Lydia Griffin, Laura Peck, Anna Gusaas, Whitney Radil); Zach Anderson, tuba solo; Austin McCoy, tuba solo; Laura Peck, oboe solo; Kiersten Telste, flute solo; Scott Fassett, snare drum solo; Jazz 1; Chris Wagner, French horn solo; Stephanie Kaiser, French horn solo; Anna Gusaas, bass clarinet solo; Eric Graf, alto sax solo; percussion ensemble (concert band percussion); Peter Brackin, tenor sax solo; percussion ensemble (symphonic band percussion); Christina Pillar, alto sax solo; percussion ensemble (wind ensemble percussion); Rachel Astrup, alto sax solo; Lizzy Lieffort, flute solo; flute duet, Kiersten Telste and Kristen Sjostrand.
  • Students receiving excellent ratings include: Trumpet duet, Natacha Cookman, Stephanie Wilde; Nick Hansberry, tuba solo; Lauren Allen, bass clarinet solo; Ellen Johnson, tuba solo; woodwind trio, Amanda Winther, Stephanie Wilde, Jill Phillips; Paul Yager, tuba solo; Jazz II; Katie Bruzik, tuba solo; Jefferson Brand, baritone solo; Philip Golde, clarinet solo; Whitney Radil, clarinet solo; Candace Kallevig, trumpet solo; Aaron Lemmon, marimba solo.
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