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S-C Instrumental Music gives final concert of the school year

May 7, 2014

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Concert.Wilken.0503The Smith-Cotton High School Instrumental Music Department performed its end-of-the-year concert Saturday morning in the Heckart Performing Arts Center, then moved to the school’s cafeteria for its annual awards banquet.

In the photo: Senior cello player Alec Wilken keeps his eye on Director of Instrumental Music Grant Maledy during Saturday’s concert in the Heckart Performing Arts Center. The S-C String Orchestra performed “Diversions” and “The Odyssey (Journey of Odysseus).”

The S-C String Orchestra performed “Diversions,” by Brendan McBrien, and “The Odyssey (Journey of Odysseus),” by Soon Hee Newbold. The Symphonic Band performed “Old Churches,” by Michale Colgrass, and “Prelude, Sicilliano and Rondo,” by Malcolm Arnold.Concert.ONeal.0503

Senior Grant Waters received the John Phillip Sousa Award, which recognizes superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty and cooperation. Senior Logan Fluty won the Louis Armstrong Award, which honors the school’s outstanding jazz musician. Senior Kirsten Finnell received the National School Orchestra Award.

Other honors for band students:

Concert.Vasquez.0503Outstanding Seniors: Caleb Henderson, Anna Drexler

Outstanding Juniors: Noah Benscotter, Erin Strouse

Outstanding Sophomores: Patrick Brockenborough, Courtney Cooper

Outstanding Freshman: Zack Murdock, Ashley Grotzinger

For orchestra students:

Outstanding Senior: Jesus Alejo

Outstanding Junior: Alec Wilken

Outstanding Sophomore: Lawerence Westerfield

Outstanding Freshman: Hannah Wagenknecht

In the second photo: Senior percussionist Landon O’Neal waits for his cue to strike the chime during the Smith-Cotton Symphonic Band’s performance of “Prelude, Sicilliano and Rondo” Saturday morning in the Heckart Performing Arts Center. The S-C String Orchestra also performed; the concert was followed by an awards banquet then a trip to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City for a band competition.

In the awards photo: Director of Instrumental Music Grant Maledy congratulates percussion player Luiz Vasquez, who received the Most Improved Performer award during the awards banquet.

Photos courtesy Sedalia School District 200.

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