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Local music groups fare well

BHS band earns superior

Local schools earned top-end ratings in state music competition over the weekend.

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Shown with the plaques earned Saturday in state symphonic and concert band competition are, clockwise from the bottom left: Bellefontaine High School senior band council members Austin Blankemeyer, Ashley Burkhammer, Alexa Haushalter, Allison Penny and Gage Easton. EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH

Bellefontaine High School symphonic and concert bands earned superior and excellent ratings, respectively, Saturday in the Ohio Music Education Association State Band event at Findlay High School.

Benjamin Logan High School chorale earned an excellent rating under the direction of Christy Fout in its state competition at Tippecanoe High School on Friday.

Bellefontaine symphonic band earned a I rating or superior on the prepared stage performance and received a II rating for their efforts in sight reading. The symphonic band was also exceptional for tone quality, intonation and precision.

It was the 11th time a BHS band received a superior rating in state competition. A rating of superior is the highest mark OMEA judges can give.

Combined with a superior rating at state marching band competition in October, the 2012-13 BHS bands earned top ratings in both marching and concert formats for only the second time ever and the first time since 2003-04.

“Gage Easton really nailed his trumpet solo in the final selection,” said Joe Antram, BHS band director, who is retiring at the end of this school year. “I’m so proud of our band students.

“Their dedication and hard work really paid off this year.”

BHS bands have qualified for state competition 23 times in Mr. Antram’s 29 years with the district.

The bands qualified for the state event by virtue of superior ratings at the district level in March.

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