Mac-Hi jazz musicians rake in festival, contest honors

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Columbia Basin College’s Jazz Unlimited festival in Pasco honored two Milton-Freewater jazz musicians. Judges awarded Outstanding Musicianship Awards to McLoughlin High School tubaist Patrick Dunphy and Central Middle School bassist Silas Brannan.

The pair were recognized at the 42nd annual event in April for their solos with their respective schools’ jazz bands.

Their teacher is Michael “Mike” Agidius, band director, for the Milton-Freewater School District.

And Patrick placed fourth in the Oregon School Activities Association State Solo Contest May 3 at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

He qualified for the contest by winning first place in the Oregon Music Educators Association District Solo Festival March 1 at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Mike said.

Competitors at the state solo contest vie against all high schools in the state of Oregon and there are no separate classifications for different-sized high schools.

Patrick performed the solo “His Majesty the Tuba,” accompanied by Pendleton High School Orchestra Director Emily Callendar.

He is also a member of the Walla Walla Youth Symphony and takes private tuba lessons from Brandon Beck at Walla Walla University.

Patrick may be heard performing his solo at 7 p.m. May 27 during Mac-Hi’s final band concert there in the Jack Williams Auditorium, 120 S. Main St.

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