BHS students earn 4 top ratings at state festival
Baldwin High School left the Class 4A state band competition Saturday in Andover with four one-ratings for three groups and one solo performance.
There were 24 BHS students that were honored by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Of those, 21 received a one-rating for at least one performance.
“It was a really good day,” BHS band teacher Will Cooper said. “I was really happy for the kids. They had some really good comments. I think they performed as well as they could have performed. I was happy.”
In the instrumental division, BHS received four one-ratings, a pair of two-ratings and two three-ratings. Austin Kraus was the only soloist to receive the top rating. Kraus received it for his trombone solo.
The BHS brass quintet received a one-rating. The students on the quintet are Brandon Baltzell (trumpet), Joel Austin (trumpet), John Robbs (French horn), Colton Lowe (trombone) and Mike Sturm (trombone).
The other small group to receive the one-rating was the saxophone quartet. Those students were Duncan Murray and Stephen Beegle (alto saxophone), Brian Cooper (tenor saxophone) and Tayler Christian (baritone saxophone).
Baldwin High School’s larger group to receive the top rating was the clarinet ensemble, which consisted of 12 musicians. They were Marlena Arjo, Amanda Baker, Alisha Beegle, Brian Cooper, Ashley Fink, Cate Gwin, Sam Huntington, Morgan Linder, Cassidy Markley, Ann Wallsmith, Allison Waymire and Kaley Wright.
“It was a pretty standard day for us,” Cooper said. “We always have several events go and the kids that go down there are usually prepared and they score well. Sometimes they get nervous during a solo, but this was pretty much a normal event for us.”
Baldwin High’s woodwind quintet received a two-rating at the state music festival. The students on the quintet were Deanna Beall (flute), Cassidy Markley (clarinet), Ashley Fink (clarinet), Ann Wallsmith (bassoon) and John Robbs (French horn).
Four BHS students participated in instrumental solos. Joel Austin and Jenny Robbs received a two-rating. Cate Gwin and Katelyn Johnson received three-ratings.
“It was a long day,” Cooper said. “I think they enjoyed going down there and performing.”