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Education notebook: Area music students place at state contest

May 3, 2018 GMT

Several area high school students placed in the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest held in Bellingham last weekend.

The state contest consists of winners from 22 regional competitions. It includes seven ensemble and 29 solo categories.

Three area schools placed in the ensemble categories:

Ferris High School’s Advanced Percussion Ensemble took first place in the Large Percussion category.

Mead High School’s Brass Quartet won second place in the small brass category.

Medical Lake High School’s Emilie Browning and Faraz Abounorinejad, placed second in guitar ensemble.

Five Spokane high schoolers placed in the solo categories.

From Lewis and Clark, Caleb McKen placed second for alto-bass clarinet, and Liam Cameron placed third in general clarinet.

From Mount Spokane, Jacob Zacharias took third place for euphonium/baritone horn, and Chase LaPlante took second place for Timpani.

From Central Valley, Jenny Wagstaff placed second in French horn.

The contest is hosted by the Washington Music Educators Association, a unit of the National Association for Music Education. WMEA has been active since 1927.