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Farris said the 38-member wind ensemble will continue to work on the same program for the state competition and will practice sight-reading daily.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT FARRIS - The victorious members of the Molalla High School Wind Ensemble and their director, Matt Ferris (back left), pose with their district trophy
following their winning performance at the Tri-Valley Conference last weekend. This is the first time MHS has won the Tri-Valley title.

The Molalla High School Wind Ensemble placed first in the Tri-Valley Conference this year and qualified to participate in the State Competition.

"It's something we have never been able to accomplish before," said MHS Band Director Matt Farris. "The students are very excited."

The Wind received state qualifying scores from the judges, playing four separate pieces: A Time to Dance by Julie Giroux; Mountain Thyme by Samuel Hazo; Elements by Brian Balmages and Celebration by Randall Standridge.

"We also sight-read a piece and are judged on how we perform," Farris said. "That score is added into the other scores to determine the winner."

To qualify for State a band group must have two scores above 75 and play more than 18 minutes of music. "We received two 75s and made the time," he said. "Our second band also performed, and did well, but only one band can compete for a school."

Farris said the 38-member wind ensemble will continue to work on the same program for the state competition and will practice sight-reading daily.

There are only ten 4A schools that can qualify.

"I feel overjoyed that we are going on to state, and hopefully we can place high in state," said MHS senior Cameron Clarke. "As a band, we go to band camp and practice before districts and also had encouragement from Mr. Farris. Overall I feel our performance was acceptable at districts, but feel we have a solid chance at state if we continue to practice."

The MHS wind ensemble will compete at the OSAA Band and Orchestra State Championships to be held at Oregon State University on May 10 for 4A schools.

OSU Music Department co-sponsors the OSAA Band and Orchestra State Championships again this year.

At the conclusion of the performances in a classification, the outstanding groups will be recognized, and State Championship trophies will be awarded.  All performances will be held in OSU's LaSells Stewart Center.  

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