Mike Agidius, band director, Milton-Freewater School District
McLoughlin High School junior Lucas Simpson won a contest at the Oregon Music Educators Association District Solo Festival March 5 at Pendleton High School and advances to Oregon State Solo Festival competition.
Several students from Mac-Hi and Central Middle School in Milton-Freewater participated in the festival, said Mike Agidius, band director for the Milton-Freewater School District.
Lucas aced first place in the alto saxophone division and heads to the Oregon State Solo Contest April 30 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. He received a superior 1 rating for his performance of the Concerto in Eb for alto saxophone by Alexander Glazonouv.
Lucas has won district and advanced to state for the second year in a row.
"Last year as a sophomore Lucas placed 10th in the alto saxophone division at the state solo festival," Mike said.
Students received written and verbal critiques from a judge and were rated from 1-5 with a "1" being the highest and 5 the lowest possible score. High school students compete to advance to the state solo contest while middle school students are non-competitive.
Sophomore viola player Hailey Ledford also attended the District Solo Festival and received a "2" rating.
Attending District from Central Middle School and their ratings were Colin Dygert, trumpet "2-plus;" Patrick Dunphy, tuba "1-minus;" Jacob Chaney, baritone sax "2-minus;" and Rain Wheeler, soprano sax "2-plus."
Oswaldo J. Garcia made the fall semester 2010 academic deans' list at Azusa (Calif.) Pacific University.
The College Place student earned an academic standing with a 3.5 or better GPA. An undeclared major, Oswaldo is joined by 1,765 other students receiving the same honor.
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university with 53 undergraduate majors, 37 master's degrees, 21 credentials, seven doctoral programs, and five certificates. The university offers its more than 9,200 students an education on campus, online and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California. www.apu.edu .
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