12 TIME ISSMA STATE FINALIST AND 10 TIME ISSMA ALL-MUSIC AWARD RECIPIENT
A PERFECT "10"
The Monrovia High School Band competed on Friday night at the ISSMA Concert Band Contest in Franklin and came home with Gold rating on their three prepared pieces and a Gold rating on their sight-reading performance. The ISSMA All-Music Award has been given since 2002 to all bands that receive a Gold rating at an ISSMA Marching Band event, Gold at an ISSMA Jazz Festival, Gold rating at the Concert Band contest, and send at least one solo and one ensemble to State Solo and Ensemble contest. Monrovia received their 10th All-Music Award after their marching Gold in October, Solo and Ensemble State Finalists in February, jazz Gold in March, and Friday's concert band Gold.
THE GOLD STANDARD
The Monrovia Jazz Band earned a Gold rating at the ISSMA Jazz Festival marking the 12th straight Gold for Monrovia Jazz. The members of this volunteer group will be working toward their final performance of the year and their annual Swing Into Spring on May 6 and 7. Tickets will be on sale after Spring Break (April 5) for this reserved-seating dinner event. Patrons wishing to sit together should purchase their tickets together. Tickets purchased at separate times will be in the same room but may not be at the same table.
ISSMA SOLO & ENSEMBLE STATE FINALS
Monrovia Bands were well represented on Saturday in the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble State Finals. Solo Gold ratings were earned by seniors Kyliegh Crary (trumpet), Clayton Stewart (trumpet), Zach Wooley (alto sax), junior Michaela Tucker (baritone), sophomores Conner Walts (flute), Jordan Clark (trumpet), Savannah Lanham (tenor sax), Taylor Stierwalt (alto sax), and eighth=graders Wade Adair (baritone) and Andrew Willett (trumpet). Silver ratings were earned by senior Clayton Stewart (flugelhorn), sophomores Savannah Lanham (alto sax), Meghan Johnson (bass clarinet), freshmen Dominic Vogel (trumpet), Jared Poston (trumpet) eighth-graders Ashley Parker (flute) and Gavin Wise (tenor sax)
All six of the ensembles for Monrovia received a Gold rating. Senior mixed woodwind ensemble of Alexis Singleton, Olivia Stewart, Shelby Small, Zach Woodley, Zack Stevens; mixed brass trio of senior Dakota Lanham, junior Michaela Tucker, sophomore Taylor Bowling; mixed brass trio of Dakota Lanham, eighth-grader Wade Adair, seventh-grader Alex Willett; brass quintet of eighth-graders Andrew Willett, TJ Clark, Wade Adair, seventh-graders Brock Johnson, Alex Willett; trumpet quartet of senior Clayton Stewart, freshman Dominic Vogel, Jared Poston, eighth-grader Andrew Willett; saxophone quartet of seniors Zach Woodley, Zack Stevens, sophomores Taylor Stierwalt, Savannah Lanham; saxohpone sextet of seniors Zach Woodley, Zack Stevens, sophomore Taylor Stierwalt, freshman Jason Scaife, Justin Scaife, and seventh-graders Sam Cox.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PERFORMERS
Monrovia Bands will send 27 students to the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble State Finals on February 27, 2016 at North Central High School. Middle School soloists Wade Adair, Ashley Parker, Andrew Willett, Gavin Wise and High School soloists Jordan Clark, Kyliegh Crary, Meghan Johnson, Jared Poston, Taylor Stierwalt, Michaela Tucker, Dominic Vogel, Conner Walts, and Zach Woodley all received Group I Gold ratings. Soloists Savannah Lanham and Clayton Stewart received two Group I Gold ratings for their solos. All seven of Monrovia's Group I ensembles will advance to State Finals. They include the saxophone quartet of Zach Woodley, Taylor Stierwalt, Savannah Lanham, Zack Stevens; woodwind quintet of Alexis Singleton, Olivia Stewart, Shelby Small, Zach Woodley, Zack Stevens; saxophone sextet of Zach Woodley, Taylor Stierwalt, Sam Cox, Jason Scaife, Justin Scaife, Zack Stevens; middle school brass quintet of Andrew Willett, TJ Clark, Wade Adair, Alex Willett, Brock Johnson; brass trio of Dakota Lanham, Michaela Tucker, Taylor Bowling; brass trio of Dakota Lanham, Wade Adair, Alex Willett; trumpet quartet of Clayton Stewart, Jared Poston, Dominic Vogel, and Andrew Willett.
Other Gold ratings were earned by soloists Emma Belcher, Sam Cox, Jenna Everett, Julia Everett, Taylor Fox, Evelina Harwell, Justin Hobson, Karissa Hull, Brayden Millick, Ashley Parker, Nathan Peters, Ashley Trudeau, Morgan Walts; saxophone trio of Taylor Stierwalt, Sam Cox, Gavin Wise; brass trio of Alex Willett, Derrick Willsey, Brock Johnson.
Silver Group I ratings were earned by soloists Jack Atwell, Taylor Bowling, David Carter, TJ Clark, Madison Collings, Taylor Fox, Meghan Johnson, Dakota Lanham, Kayla Monts, Jason Scaife, Alexis Singleton, Patrick Skillern, Shelby Small, Zack Stevens, Olivia Stewart, Austin Walts, and Alex Willett.
Other Silver ratings were earned by soloists Ethan Barber, Tyler Corona, Kaitlyn Fennell, Jazmyn Freeland, JJ Haberlin, Alex Hepworth, Brock Johnson, Mia McCracken, Veronica Torres, Monica Williamson, Derrick Willsey; woodwind trio of Karissa Hull, Meghan Johnson, and Ashley Parker
GREAT THINGS BEYOND THE BRIGADE
Isaac Smith, Brigade Class of '10, recently spent two months on rotation at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya. During his time in Kenya, he worked with the children of the Tumaini Children's Drop-In Center, which teaches boys who previously lived on the streets. They liked the idea of a marching band and we made a donation this year. Each boy received a shirt and they were also able to pay for a year's worth of school fees for a several boys. Good to know we have some fans abroad! If you want more information on Tumaini and the boys, the website to visit is https://tumainieldoret.wordpress.com.
GOOD MORNING WITH DAYBREAK AND MONROVIA JAZZ
Members of the Monrovia Jazz Band performed on WISH-TV's Daybreak segment on Friday morning and explored some of the sets in the studio. The performance was to hype the football game that Monrovia would win that evening against Howe High School, 37-31. The Monrovia Jazz Band will be performing at home basketball games this year and will hold their annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair on Saturday, December 12. Performances will be at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 4:00 pm.
ONE OF AMERICA'S FINEST
The Monrovia Bulldog Brigade finished their 2015 marching season at the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium. Monrovia finished fifth in Class A for the Bands of America. That caps off a season of excellence for the Brigade.