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The Hawkeye May 2024
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Musicians showcase talents, prep for Solo & Ensemble

On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 2, members of the MTHS bands performed in front of small audiences in the music rooms in preparation for the upcoming competition.

Competitions can be a source of stress, but they’re also an opportunity to enjoy the moment and appreciate the hard work of all participants. Just ask Jacob Knight, junior trumpet player readying for the Solo & Ensemble Competition at Lynnwood High School on Saturday, Jan. 3.

“I think we’re just doing this for fun,” Knight said, when asked how he was feeling about the approaching event.

Freshman double bassist Andrew Vinther, accompanied by pianist Meghan Vither, got the evening started with the piece “Concerto Double Bass.”

“I think I’m prepared, but I still have a few things I can work on,” Vinther said, suggesting a hint of nervousness.

For the next 90 minutes, band members showcased their individual talent, each demonstrating the result of weeks of practice. Many have played for years, including Knight who started in fifth grade. In addition to playing with the band at school, Knight practices about an hour every day. That level of commitment is not unique amongst the MTHS soloists. Vinther also applies similar dedication to his instrument.

When the last soloist had completed his piece, the percussion ensemble performed as one group in an exciting finale.

“I was impressed by what I heard tonight,” Darin Faul, MTHS band director, said.

For the upcoming competition, Faul explained that he brings his students “mostly for the experience and feedback they get from someone who is not their private teacher or school teacher.” Faul’s intention of using the competition as a learning opportunity surely influences his students and their approach.

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According to Knight, competitions are, “ just a way to get out there, listen to some other people, show them what we’ve got,” Faul’s students show enthusiasm towards competitions and invite people to take advantage of a wonderful experience to learn from people who are just as passionate as he is, rather than fear competitions.  

The first alternates in the Solo & Ensemble are (in order): senior Harper Thomas on flute, junior Reece Newhouse on saxophone and freshman Ian Sjoholm on the tuba. Vinther who played the double bass took second alternate. Fundamentally, alternates are in line to compete in the state competitions if the first place winner is unable to perform.

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Erin Martino
Erin Martino, Hawkeye Staff
Erin Martino, a freshman at MTHS, is a Hawkeye staff photographer and videographer. She is excited to contribute to the newspaper, seasonal sports videos and other media this year. When she is not participating in Hawkeye, Erin plays tennis, cooks and enjoys other culinary experiences and plays with her two very energetic dogs. She appreciates the opportunity to further develop her photography skills and document memorable events.
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