A total of 50 bands competed in the two-day festival at Clackamas Community College on March 17

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Milwaukie High School's band and orchestra placed first in the 5A division consisting of 12 schools competing at the 47th annual Clackamas Community College jazz festival on Saturday, March 17.

PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Director Seth Arnold conducts the Kraxberger Middle School Band in their performance at the Warner Pacific Band Festival.A total of 50 school bands competed in the two-day festival that has middle school jazz bands and high school bands in the OSAA division 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A categories.

Milwaukie also won the sweepstakes trophy, which is awarded for the best performance by an ensemble, from all categories, over the two-day festival.

After taking second place at the Clackamas Community College Festival, the Gladstone High School Band improved its scores at the Warner Pacific Festival, where the flutes were honored as an outstanding section.

"It's been a great competition season," said teacher Seth Arnold. "High School pieces include 'Variations on a Korean Folk Song,' 'Ammerland,' and 'In the Forest of the King.' It's been exciting to see my students improve their scores from previous festivals."

Gladstone's Kraxberger Middle School Band also has attended multiple competitions and has won some accolades this season.

This story has been updated from its original version online to correct information that had been swapped for Gladstone High School and Kraxberger Middle School. We apologize for the error.

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