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Colusa Music Department Wraps Successful Year with a Cabaret

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On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Colusa High School Music Department hosted its annual Cabaret, a celebration of a successful year for band members and instructor Michael Phenicie.

The Cabaret featured a selection of solos and ensembles from the recent California State Solo & Ensemble Festival.

Earlier this month, the Colusa High School Band traveled to the Sacramento State University for the annual California State Solo and Ensemble Festival.

“The event is sponsored by the California Music Educators Association and young musicians must qualify by earning a Superior rating at a Regional Solo and Ensemble Festival,” said Phenicie, “Colusa students performed at an event in Chico and Wheatland earlier this year – all earning superior ratings, the highest rank attainable.”

The performers included: (Colusa High School Students) Thomas Critchfield winning a gold metal with the Tenor Saxophone; Alec Schantz winning a gold metal with the clarinet; Josh Arce winning Gold on the Baritone Saxophone and Command Performance on the Alto Saxophone; Jada Garcia and Juliana winning Gold with the Brass Quintet and the Trumpet Quartet; and Mason Hone winning a Command Performance with the Saxophone Quartet. (Egling Middle School) Trent Giffin winning Gold on both his Solo and the Bass Quintet with the Tuba; Adrian Reyes winning Gold with the Trumpet; William Graybill winning Silver with the Bass Clarinet; Charles Dunn winning Gold with the Clarinet; Jacob Arce winning Gold with the Alto Saxophone; Manuel Morales winning Gold with the Trumpet; Pablo Barrera winning Gold on his Solo, Brass Quintet and Trumpet Quartet with the Trumpet; Edgar Jaime Garcia winning Gold with the Alto Saxophone; Adrianna Rico winning silver on both her solo and the Egling Clarinet Duet; Elias Alaniz winning silver on the Egling Clarinet Duet; Nathaniel Morales winning Command Performance with the Trumpet; and  Lucian Manor, winning Gold with the Trumpet.

“19 kids combined for 21 performances, earning 18 gold’s, three silvers, and five commands,” said Phenicie, “I am very proud of them and their accomplishment.”

Milpitas Music in the Parks Festival

In April, both the Colusa High School Band and the Egling Middle School Band competed at the Music in the Parks Festival in Milpitas, California.

“The High School Band and Jazz Band both walked away with 1st Place Trophies. There were no other bands in the small school division to compete against them” said Phenicie, “The Egling Band took place with four bands in their division.”

After their performances, the group enjoyed a day at Great America.

Carnegie Hall

In February, Thomas Critchfield and Alec Schantz received the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the American Honors Performance Series.

“This organization receives over 10,000 recorded auditions from High School Students around the world, and accepts 100 each in the Band and Orchestra, and 300 in the Choir,” said Phenicie, “These musicians come together for 5 days to rehearse and then perform in probably the most famous concert hall in America.”

This was Critchfield’s third performance at Carnegie and Schantz’s first performance.

“In the past four years, six Colusa Band students have performed at Carnegie for this prestigious event,” said Phenicie.

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