Bluejay band members hit the right note at Perry Band Olympics

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Saturday's event drew 842 musicians from 11 high schools.

The 32nd annual Perry Band Olympics filled the PHS halls with music Saturday, as 842 student musicians, representing 11 high schools, did their best to impress a collection of college and university judges.

Breanna Penenger (left) and Allie Hopkins earned a II rating in 11-12 Unlike Duet A at the Perry Band Olympics Saturday. Both also earned additional plaudits for solo work. Photo submitted.
Breanna Penenger (left) and Allie Hopkins earned a II rating in 11-12 Unlike Duet A at the Perry Band Olympics Saturday. Photo submitted.

Schools were divided by the number of entries (all of whom volunteered to compete) they brought to the event, with individual and group scores of I, II, or III awarded to the top placers.

Perry had 10 students/groups earn the highest marks, led by Breanna Pennneger and Alonzo Lumbreras. Penenger scored a rating of I in both 9-10 Flute Solo A and 9-10 Piccolo Solo A, winning first place in the former and second in the later while Lumbreras scored ratings of I in both 11-12 Trumpet Solo A and 11-12 Euphonium Solo B.

Angel Escobar received a I rating in 9-10 Trumpet Solo A while Perry (six members) were awarded a I rating in 9-10 Small Ensemble A.

Allie Hopkins in 11-12 Alto Sax Solo A, Devon Archer in 11-12 Euphonium Solo A and the duo of Penenger and Hopkins in 11-12 Unlike Duet A all received ratings of II, with David Santacruz earning a III in 9-10 Clarinet Solo A.

Alonzo Lumbreras earned ratings of 1 in both the 11-12 Euphonium Solo B and 11-12 Trumpet Solo A Saturday at the Perry Band Olympics. Photo submitted.
Alonzo Lumbreras earned ratings of 1 in both the 11-12 Euphonium Solo B and 11-12 Trumpet Solo A Saturday at the Perry Band Olympics. Photo submitted.

West Des Moines Valley won the Class 1 Final Standings, with Ballard winning Class 2 and Webster City Class 3, with Perry second in Class 3.

Perry was fifth overall. Ten PHS students competed, averaging a score of 4.6.

The final standings, including number of entries and average score, are as follows: Ballard (33, 6.182), Dowling Catholic (75, 6.0), Ankeny Centennial (112, 4.875), Ankeny (129, 4.682), Perry (10, 4.6), Urbandale (137, 4.431), Webster City (15, 4.267), West Marshall (32, 4.188), Don Bosco (58, 4.121), West Des Moines Valley (230, 3.974) and Des Moines North (11, 3.636).

 

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