DDHS has student musicians heading to WSMA State

Front row, from left: Melissa Wilson, Nic Bradley, Anthony Welch, Amanda Davis, Andrew Madura, Therese Hartogh, Melonie Wright, Merissa Gemas. Back row: Tyler Hansen, Jason Jeffrey, Bob Benzon, Noah Olson, Logan Truckenbrod, Alex Parr, Nick Duerig, Amanda Lee, Connor Welsh, Cole McKinney, Ryan Ettner. Not pictured: Noah Quintero, Ben Parr, Zach Larson.

Band members who qualified for state include, front row, from left: Melissa Wilson, Nic Bradley, Anthony Welch, Amanda Davis, Andrew Madura, Therese Hartogh, Melonie Wright, Merissa Gemas. Back row: Tyler Hansen, Jason Jeffrey, Bob Benzon, Noah Olson, Logan Truckenbrod, Alex Parr, Nick Duerig, Amanda Lee, Connor Welsh, Cole McKinney, Ryan Ettner. Not pictured: Noah Quintero, Ben Parr, Zach Larson.

Front row, from left: Mikayla Farley, Javana Villareal, Alina Moreno, Mirbella Turcios, Vanessa Hernandez, Rachel Riggs, Nic Bradley, Aaron Wojciechowski, Haylie Rogers, Nicole VanDyken, Anthony Welch. Middle row: Cheyenne Norman, Makayla Hines, Amanda Huerta, Alonzo Ortiz, Liam McPherson, Shionna Langholff, Caitlin Chanda, Branda Echeverria, Jace Banasik, MIriam Hernandez. Back row: Storm Peterson, Justin Brown, Eliah Nelson, Tyler Hansen, Amanda Lee, Mary Sibilski. Not pictured: Kylie Bliss, Vanessa Trejeda, Katherine Riley.

Orchestra members who qualified for state include, front row, from left: Mikayla Farley, Javana Villareal, Alina Moreno, Mirbella Turcios, Vanessa Hernandez, Rachel Riggs, Nic Bradley, Aaron Wojciechowski, Haylie Rogers, Nicole VanDyken, Anthony Welch. Middle row: Cheyenne Norman, Makayla Hines, Amanda Huerta, Alonzo Ortiz, Liam McPherson, Shionna Langholff, Caitlin Chanda, Branda Echeverria, Jace Banasik, MIriam Hernandez. Back row: Storm Peterson, Justin Brown, Eliah Nelson, Tyler Hansen, Amanda Lee, Mary Sibilski. Not pictured: Kylie Bliss, Vanessa Trejeda, Katherine Riley.

Delavan-Darien High School hosted the Wisconsin School Music Association District Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 9.

Hundreds of student musicians from DDHS, Elkhorn, Clinton, Lake Geneva, Whitewater and Walworth performed before WSMA Master Adjudicators.

The event was a rousing success, DDHS Orchestra Director Jennifer Bayerl said.

“The building was abuzz with students, their teachers, families, accompanists and friends,” she said. “Music could be heard in every corner of the building as students put their hard work and preparation on display for all to enjoy. Congratulations!”

Students who performed Class A, or the most challenging selections, and received a “*1” rating have now qualified to perform at the WSMA State Festival. Delavan-Darien High School had several dozen students who qualified (see list below).

The regional site is at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, on Saturday, April 27.

Many other DDHS student musicians also participated in the competition using different instruments and playing different difficulty levels of music.

The Delavan-Darien School District music department makes it a point to have students practice music pieces above-and-beyond what is played at concerts. Many of these challenging pieces are solos, duets or played with small ensembles.

State Qualifiers:

Class A, Rating “*1”

  • Kylie Bliss – Cello Solo
  • Nic Bradley – String Bass Solo
  • Rachel Riggs & Vanessa Hernandez – Violin Duet
  • Liam McPherson – Viola Solo
  • Alonzo Ortiz – Piano Solo
  • Rachel Riggs – Violin Solo
  • Haylie Rogers & Katherine Riley – Viola Duet
  • Alternative Strings (“Pops”) -Jace Banasik, Kylie Bliss, Nic Bradley, Justin Brown, Brenda Echeverria, Mikayla Farley, Sarah Garnica, Tyler Hansen, Miriam Hernandez, Vanessa Hernandez, Makayla Hines, Amanda Huerta, Shionna Langholff, Liam McPherson, Alina Moreno, Eliah Nelson, Alonzo Ortiz, Storm Peterson, Rachel Riggs, Katherine Riley, Haylie Rogers, Mary Sibilski, Vanessa Tejeda, Mirbella Turcios,  Nicole Van Dyken, Javana Villareal, Anthony Welch, Aaron Wojciechowski
  • Melonie Wright – Alto Saxophone Solo
  • Therese Hartogh – Alto Saxophone Solo
  • Nic Bradley – Tuba Solo
  • Jazz Ensemble – Therese Hartogh Amanda Davis, Zach Larson, Bob Benzon, Merissa Gemas, Ben Parr, Andrew Madura, Alex Parr, Ryan Ettner, Amanda Lee, Noah Quinteo, Logan Truckenbrod, Nick Duerig, Connor Welsh, Melissa Wilson, Tyler Hansen, Jason Jeffrey, Nic Bradley, Noah Olson, Anthony Welch, Cole McKinney

Other participants were:

Class A, rating “1”

  • Vanessa Hernandez – Violin Solo
  • Mirbella Turcios – Cello Solo
  • Kylie Bliss, Nic Bradley, Vanessa Hernandez, Alina Moreno, Rachel Riggs, Haylie Rogers, Aaron Wojciechowski – String Choir
  • Rachel Riggs & Nic Bradley – Violin / String Bass Duet
  • Emily Santeler – Flute Solo
  • Erin DeJong – Flute Solo
  • Ben Parr, Bob Benzon, Zach Larson – Saxophone Trio
  • Ryan Ettner – French Horn Solo
  • Therese Hartogh – Jazz Woodwind Improvisation Solo
  • Allison DeJong – Piano Solo
  • Abe Pacheco – Clarinet Solo

Class A, rating “2”

  • Nic Bradley & Eliah Nelson – String Bass Duet
  • Makayla Hines – Violin Solo
  • Therese Hartogh, Drew Pierson, Sam Seitz, Gage Wuttke – Saxophone Quartet
  • Noah Quintero – Trumpet Solo
  • Max Grover – Trumpet Solo
  • Andrew Madura – Trombone Duet
  • Noah Olson – Marimba Solo
  • Andrew Madura – Jazz Brass Improvisation Solo

Class B, rating “1”

  • Connor Armstrong – Cello Solo
  • Caitlin Chanda – Viola Solo
  • Danni Mohr – String Bass Solo
  • Cheyenne Norman – Viola Solo
  • Nicole VanDyken – Violin Solo and Piano Solo
  • Aaron Wojciechowski – Violin Solo
  • Nicole VanDyken, Javana Villareal, Lynette Areola, Danni Mohr – String Quartet
  • Amanda Lee – Cello Solo
  • Claudia Nieuwenhuis – Flute Solo
  • Nadine Morales – Flute Solo
  • Alexus Cuautle – Clarinet Solo
  • Maggie Sirkman – French Horn Solo
  • Tim Clark – Marimba Solo

Class B, rating “2”

  • Mary Sibilski, Miriam Hernandez, Brenda Echeverria, Jace Bansik – Violin Choir
  • Jace Banasik – Violin Solo
  • Laura Behrens – Viola Solo
  • Justin Brown – Cello Solo
  • Sarah Garnica – Violin Solo
  • Mikayla Farley, Shionna Langholff, Abby Sprigler – String Trio
  • Jasmin Velasquez – Flute Solo
  • Amanda Davis & Merissa Gemas – Flute Duet
  • Anya Jeninga & Allison DeJong – Clarinet Duet
  • Anna Leitzke – Clarinet Solo
  • Clair Gamble – Clarinet Solo
  • Israel Cano – Clarinet Solo
  • Pablo Cook – Alto Saxophone Solo
  • Logan Dezeeuw – Tenor Saxophone Solo
  • Cole Castel – Trumpet Solo
  • Nicholas Duerig – Trumpet Solo
  • Andrew Sorg – Trumpet Solo
  • Therese Hartogh, Noah Quintero, Nic Bradley, Anderw Madura – Brass Quartet composed by Therese Hartogh
  • Alex Grover – Electric Bass Solo

Class C, rating “1”

  • Erica Ivins & Emily Schmidt – Violin Duet
  • Mitchell Strom – Bassoon Solo

Class C, rating “2”

  • Morgan Holmes – Violin Solo
  • April Shaffer – Snare Drum Solo
  • Alejandro Cruz – Snare Drum Solo
  • Justin Sorg – Euphonium Solo
  • Andrew Leitzke & Henry Hurwitz – Trombone Duet

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