Five students from the Waurika Band recently qualified for the OSSAA State Solo and Ensemble contest. These High School students, along with 3 other middle school students, all made Superior ratings on their solos or ensembles at the District contest held February 17th at Lawton MacArthur High School.
Riley Hobbs and Michael Bryant, WHS Seniors, both played solos from memory and got Superior ratings. Hope Cummings, Regena Bradley, and Brooklyn Barnes, all freshmen, played a Clarinet ensemble and also made a I rating. These will play at Stillwater in April at the State contest.
In addition, seventh grader Karlee Brinson made a Superior on a bells solo. Mallory Adkins, on flute, and Chloe Adkins, on trumpet, also made Superior ratings. Kaytlyn Williams, an 8th grade flutist, Mackenzie Horton, and Hannah Lamons, 7th grade trumpet players, made Excellent ratings.
Band Director Everett Hodges, in his 11th year at Waurika Schools, said, “Five making it to State is our biggest number in several years. These students all put in extra work and it shows what that can bring as a result.”