Music drifted through the halls of Tri County High School on Tuesday as students from six schools gathered to perform in the 2017 MUDECAS Music Contest.
Nathan Morrissey, Music Educator at Tri County, explained that the contest went very well on Tuesday, giving students pointers on how they can improve their pieces for the upcoming District Music Contest.
“We’re about a month away from our District Music Contest, which is the only NSAA event for music,” said Morrissey. “This really is kind of like a pre-contest contest. It’s a way for us to get our music ready to perform for a judge a month earlier than the normal concert. We’ll have a month with the critique that they gave us to get ready and fine tune stuff for the big contest.”
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The students at Tri County, Morrissey explained, gathered a lot of experience during the contest on Tuesday, noting that they performed their pieces very well.
“Things went really well,” Morrissey said. “We had our concert band play and our jazz band; lots of ensembles and solos playing. Everyone seems to be doing really well, but most importantly they’re getting feedback on what they can work on.”
Morrissey is grateful to all of the support from the community that made this contest a success. He believes that without their help, things would not have went as well.
“I just want to thank all of the parents and staff who have been helping out with this contest,” said Morrissey. “Without their help, this absolutely would not have happened. We really appreciate everything they’ve been doing to help us.”
Here is a video clip of Tri County’s Percussion Ensemble, consisting of Logunn Baker, Savannah Gerlach, Riley Knust and Creighton Niemeyer, performing “Release the Kraken” during the contest: