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Music students end on high note

Scappoose student musicians find their groove at state and regional events


by: PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY JACKSON - The Scappoose High School Symphonic Band, pictured before the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego during a spring school trip.Teams from the Scappoose High School music department enjoyed recent success at various events, said Larry Jackson, Scappoose High band instructor.

The Scappoose High jazz band placed first in its division at the University of Portland Jazz Festival in April after placing second at the Clackamas Community College Instrumental Jazz Festival in March.

“Not only did we receive the first-place trophy, but also the sight-reading trophy,” Jackson says of the band’s success at the University of Portland Jazz Festival. “So we are very, very proud of our students.”

Under the direction of Scappoose High music instructor Kristen Caldwell, the Scappoose High chamber choir placed 11th in its division at the State Choir Championships in May at George Fox University.

“As usual, they qualified for and went to state. There’s been a long legacy of our high school chamber choir students doing so,” Caldwell said. “They ended up having the second-highest score in sight-reading, which is great — it shows a lot of strong music literacy.”by: PHOTO COURTESY OF KRISTEN CALDWELL - The Scappoose High School Chamber Choir placed 11th in its division at the State Choir Championships in May at George Fox University.

As far as musicians competing individually, Scappoose High senior Nolan Sester placed fifth in state on the trumpet at the state solo contest.

Jackson said he was also proud of the Scappoose High symphonic band, which placed sixth in its division at the state level.

“I believe the students really brought their proficiency to the next level,” Jackson said.

The symphonic band also traveled to Southern California to perform in San Diego’s Old Town neighborhood and aboard the U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier, a museum ship in San Diego Harbor. Students entertained veterans and visitors at the historical museum. by: PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY JACKSON - The Scappoose High School Jazz Band at the Clackamas Community College Instrumental Jazz Festival, where the group placed second. The band later placed first in its division at the University of Portland Jazz Festival.

In an email to the Spotlight, Jackson said students who learn to read music have an “entire world of musical performance ahead of them.” He also spoke to the importance of music programs in the school.

“Those who chose to take high school music ensemble classes are many of the best students in the school,” Jackson wrote. “This is an opportunity for students to be creative and take a break from the purely academic and to use their minds, breath and ears to produce something that oozes with satisfaction and enjoyment. High School music ensembles encourage students to work together as a team to produce a product that is immediately recognizable. The more the students work together, the more they think and respond in unison to every demand of a mature performance of the music.”