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WHS band does well but competition is tough

May 1, 2014

By Jeff Kaley, Waurika News-Democrat, Okla.

May 01--WAURIKA -- Judging a music contest is a mix of objective and subjective factors, which make it difficult to anticipate a score until it's actually posted.

However, one thing seemed certain following the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association Concert Band State Finals: There was little margin for error by any of the Class 2A participants.

"Our scores were a little disappointing, because I thought our kids played well," WHS band director Everett Hodges said, after the Eagles had scores of 3 in concert band performance and 3 in sight reading at the 2A finals at East Central University.

"The judging was tough and you never know what to expect from the judges because they don't all judge the same way," Hodges said, noting that of the 12 finalist teams only Snyder and Cheyenne had perfect scores of 1 in the 2A competition.

At the same time, Hodges added, there are 226 bands in Class 2A "and we were one of the 12 at state."

Also last week, Waurika seniors Courtney Howard and Daley Gay competed in the OSSAA Solo Competition. Howard got a score of 2 on trombone, while Gay had a 3 for clarinet solo.

"I was really proud of Courtney and Daley," Hodges said. "Solo contest is tough and they got did a good job.

"We also really appreciate Starr Herron, who accompanied Courtney and Daley and has been working with our solo performers for several years."

Howard and Gay are among six WHS seniors who have been core performers in the band program since they were in grade school.

"Courtney and Daley, Tatum Mora, Kirstin Berthiaume, Melea Barrick and Bailey Wesberry have been a big part of this band and they will be really hard to replace," Hodges said. "But we will replace them. We have some good younger kids."


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