Waconia Bands have strong showing at region contests

Waconia earned a “Best in Site” award for a Saxophone Sextet that included the following students, from left: Haley Schoenfelder (grade 11), Corinn Schmieg (12), Hunter Hamby (10), Levi Mathwig (12), Jonny Zajac (10) and Matt Kelchner (11). (Submitted photo)

The Waconia High School Bands have had a successful winter season, where the bands recently participated in both the Region 2AA Solo/Ensemble Contest, as well as the Region 2AA Large Group Contest.
WHS Bands sent 25 students to Shakopee High School for Solo/Ensemble Contest on March 3.
These 25 students performed in various solo and ensemble settings and were judged by judges from around the state of Minnesota.
All of the Waconia events earned ratings in the top two categories: Superior and Excellent.  Waconia earned six Excellent Ratings and 10 Superior Ratings, including a “Best in Site” award for a Saxophone Sextet comprised of the following students: Haley Schoenfelder (grade 11), Corinn Schmieg (12), Hunter Hamby (10), Levi Mathwig (12), Jonny Zajac (10) and Matt Kelchner (11).
Many students earned Superior ratings in multiple events. Students earning Superior Ratings were Mikayla Bjerke (10), Nana Berkow (10), Joe Billstrom (12), Kevin Kittleson (12), Hunter Hamby (10), Jonny Zajac (10), Carissa Dock (10), Colin Swee (12), Samantha Nicklaus (10), Levi Mathwig (12), Corinn Schmieg (12), Haley Schoenfelder (11), Matt Kelchner (11), Kelleigh Wirries (12).
Students earning Excellent Ratings were Mari Jorgenson-Rathke (12), Jamie Walters (10), Emma Petersen (12), Colin Swee (12), Wil Vanderlinde (10), Jason Gruenhagen (10), Haley Schoenfelder (11), Levi Mathwig (12) and Corinn Schmieg (12).
The WHS Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands each performed at Chaska High School for Large Group Contest on Tuesday, March 19. At this event, the band performed for three judges and were given a score based on their performance. Each judge can put the band into one of four categories: Superior, Excellent, Good and Fair.
The Wind Ensemble performed “First Suite in E-Flat” by Gustav Holst, and “I AM” by Andrew Boysen Jr.  It earned Superior ratings from all three judges, which gave the ensemble an overall rating of Superior.
The Concert Band performed “Pentland Hills” by Jimmy Howe, “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli and “Into the Raging River” by Steven Reineke. The band earned one Superior Rating and two Excellent Ratings for an overall Excellent Rating.
According to WHS band director John Pohland, both groups received very positive comments from all three judges.