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Marmion-Rosary band members earn district medals

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The Marmion-Rosary Band competed in the North Shore District Wisconsin School Music Association Solo and Ensemble contest on March 16.

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The musicians earned a total of 83 first division gold medals (69 Class A, 11 Class B and 3 Class C) and 19 silver medals. Fifty-five of these students will compete in the state Solo and Ensemble contest April 27 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. These state-bound students performed literature from the most difficult list (class A) and received a "star first rating."

Individual students receiving one or more Class A Star gold medals were: Genevieve Streich, clarinet, Thomas Sieben, alto sax and piano, Harrison Kearby, tuba, and John Sieben, drum set and concert snare, all of Aurora; Robert Stephens, alto saxophone, of Bartlett; Lukas McDonald, baritone saxophone; Tom Schafer, trumpet, and Sam Kluber, timpani, all of Batavia; Benjamin Pho, piano, and Victoria Pho, piano, both of Maple Park; Jack Stover, tenor saxophone, of Naperville; Benton Winscott, baritone, of North Aurora; Catherine Hayes, bass clarinet, of Plainfield; Ryane Jenig, trombone, of Romeoville; Kevin Hoss, horn; Julie Hoyda, trombone, and Emma Pettyjohn, guitar, all of Sugar Grove.

Musical groups receiving one or more Class A Star gold medals were: saxophone quartet Thomas Sieben, Robert Stephens, Genevieve Streich and Jack Stover; trumpet trio Alex Lopez (Lisle), Tom Schafer and Brett Koskinen (North Aurora); percussion ensemble Benjamin Pho, Victoria Pho, John Sieben, Jonathan Higgs (Aurora), Sam Kluber and Mary Kate Naughton (St. Charles); Marmion/Rosary Jazz Combo John Sieben, Mary Kate Naughton, Julia Hoyda, Genevieve Streich, Thomas Sieben, Ben Pho and Harrison Kearby; and Marmion/Rosary Jazz Band Thomas Sieben, Robert Stephens, Genevieve Streich, Henry Quinn (St. Charles), Jack Stover, Lukas McDonald, Tom Schafer, Brett Koskinen, Ben Rydecki (Somonauk), Matthew Wedll (North Aurora), Julia Hoyda, Isabel Trujillo (Aurora), Joseph Dutton (Aurora), Harrison Kearby, Benjamin Pho, Mary Kate Naughton and John Sieben.

Students receiving one or more Class A gold medals were: Victoria Pho, oboe; Henry Quinn, clarinet; Nick Ruble (Aurora), clarinet; Brian Hymel (Batavia), clarinet; Matt Wedll, trumpet; Joseph Dutton, trombone; Jacob Howland (Batavia), euphonium; Mary Kate Naughton, timpani; Mary Kate Naughton, parade drum; and Brass Quintet Tom Schafer, Alex Lopez, Kevin Hoss (Sugar Grove), Joseph Dutton and Brady Roberts (Aurora).

Students receiving one or more Class B gold medals were: Magdalene Eallonardo (Yorkville) and Antonette Winscott (Aurora), flute duet; Jesse Vera (Aurora), alto saxophone; Chris Unruh (Batavia), baritone saxophone; Christian Surtz (Batavia), trumpet; Kyle Yorke (Batavia), horn; Gretchen Klug (Oswego), horn; Tim Gilmore (Aurora), trombone; Ian Magee (Plainfield), tuba; Jonathan Higgs, parade drum; and Sam Kluber, parade drum.

Students receiving one or more Class C gold medals were: Julia Shares (St. Charles), flute; Luke Hoss (Sugar Grove), parade drum; and Mark Nyaeme (Elburn), parade drum.

The Marmion-Rosary band is directed by Stephen Thurlow and assisted by Matt Kokes. Piano accompanists include Barb Edwards, Bonnie Worthman, Kristin Young and Marmion senior Sam Eallonardo of Yorkville. The program is dedicated to developing the highest standards of musical excellence and inspiring the band members to lead. For more information, visit marmion.org.

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