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Last Saturday the Sweetwater High School Band participated in the Buckaneer Band Festival in Breckenridge. Sweetwater was one of only three bands to earn a top rating at the contest. They received â€ś1sâ€ť from all three judges and also won â€śBest Overall Colorguardâ€ť of the competition. Finally, sophomore clarinetist Chrysten Ivy was named â€śMost Outstanding Soloistâ€ť of the entire event.
The show features 10 different student musicians as either soloists or ensemble members, including Briana Rosas â€“ trombone, Chrysten Ivy â€“ clarinet, Chase Scott â€“ alto saxophone, Laura Duclos â€“ euphonium, Stephen Le â€“ French Horn, Jeremy Kamer â€“ tuba, Austin Marlett â€“ trombone, Destiny Osteen and Lexi Martin â€“ vocalists, and Clay Kitchens â€“ trumpet. The theme â€śDancing Shoesâ€ť ties three popular pieces together: "Smoke on the Water,â€ť â€śI Canâ€™t Help Falling in Love With Youâ€ť and â€śSing, Sing Sing.â€ť The show includes a pair of red Texas-size dancing shoes (that dance), each over 11 feet long!
Adjudicator Mike Lunney, in his recorded critique, said, â€śWhat an entertaining presentation! There is so much going on it is a challenge for me to take it all in. It is apparent that your students are enjoying their performance, as Iâ€™m sure your audiences are as well."
Adjudicator Roger Zammaripa added, â€śBravo to your many fine soloists! Your percussion are doing a nice job providing energy and a solid pulse.â€ť
Adjudicator Matt Davenport also added, â€śGood sounds from all sections. This is the best Iâ€™ve heard the Sweetwater Band since I can remember. Your show is very visual and well put together.â€ť
The band will compete again this Saturday, Oct. 8, at Abilene Wylie High Schoolâ€™s â€śBig Country Marching Contest.â€ť The stadium address is 4502 Antilley Road, Abilene. Sweetwater will perform at 6:30 p.m. "The public is welcome to come out and support the band. They would love to have a great home audience."