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Manson’s Spring Concert 2016

Manson’s Spring Concert a big hit for music lovers!


It was an incredible evening of music in front of a packed house of family, friends and music lovers in the Manson High School Gymnasium as Manson Music Director Matt Brown lead his Sixth Grade Band, Jazz Band and the Middle/High School bands through a series of pieces that highlighted a long year of public awards.

“The theme for tonight is a series of pop, punk and patriotic songs from each group,” Brown told the audience. As a small school, Manson has nearly 200 students participating in the music program.

This year, the Manson High School Band received a first place rating at the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Parade… something it has accomplished for the past seven years. This year was special, because all three of Brown’s bands received the highest rating of ‘Superior’ at the festival.

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Music Director Matt Brown led the large Manson Sixth Grade Band through six numbers including one arrangement by Pateros Music Director Jonathon McBride. (Photo by Richard Uhlhorn)

The evening began with the Sixth Grade Band who showcased the improvement they have made under Brown’s tutelage over the year with pieces such as Mach One, a composition penned by the Pateros Music Director, Jonathan McBride.

“This group has been outstanding,” said Brown. He thanked McBride for allowing him to use his music and told the crowd that he and McBride have worked together and become great friends.

After handing out music awards to his sixth grade students, Brown switched to Manson’s Jazz Katz, a high school group that garnered an outstanding award at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho this year.

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Freshman drummer Oliver Ellingson was awarded the Best Musician in the Jazz Band. (Photo by Richard Uhlhorn)

“The jazz band is a very committed group,” said Brown. He said they showed up each morning before school at 7:30 a.m. to play music.

“They would wake up their morning with music,” remarked Brown. “They work so hard.”

He thanked Renée Elia who tutored the band throughout the year. “She is someone who gave us so much of her time,” said Brown who presented her with a bouquet of flowers.

Jazz Katz started off with a 1940’s standard, Splanky by Neal Hefti. Then they played their rendition of Yankee Doodle Dandy and finished with an arrangement by Paul Murtha called What is Hip?

Manson’s large Middle School “Spartan” Marching Band performed next, and then the crowd was treated to the High School Trojan Marching Band along with a combined marching band of both the middle and high school.

It was a rousing night of music and many parents, grandparents and siblings has an opportunity to enjoy the evening’s venue.

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Drum Major Damon Smith wowed the crowd with his leadership of the Manson High School Trojan Marching Band and the combined Manson Marching Band. (Photo by Richard Uhlhorn)


6th Grade Band:

Most Improved – Nicholas Stricker and AnaMaria Villa
Leadership – Cara Hutton and Conner Clausen
Most Talented – Thea Batch

Jazz Band:

Early Bird Award – Blake Cochran, Cole Cochran, Bryce LaMar, Parker Schoenwald, Megan Clausen, Marco Sanchez and Oliver Ellingson.
Jazz Band Best Musician – Oliver Ellingson

7th Grade Band:

Most Improved – Miguel Galvan
Leadership – Cody Fitzpatrick
Most Talented – Jonathan Sarmiento

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The Middle School Spartan’s performed two marching songs at the Spring Concert on Monday evening. (Photo by Richard Uhlhorn)

8th Grade Band:

Most Improved – Jose Vazquez and Angel Cervantes
Leadership – Parker Schoenwald
Most Talented – Parker Schoenwald

High School Band:

Most Improved – Tyler Charlton, Litzy Sarabia, Ramiro Garcia
Leadership – Roberto Molina
Most Talented – Roberto Molina
Drum Major Award – Damon Smith
Senior Commitment Award – Roberto Suarez, Carlos Mendoza, Ramiro Garcia
High School Band Best Musician – Anselmo Pacheco

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At the end of the evening, all the bands received a standing ovation for their performance. (Photo by Richard Uhlhorn)


(By Richard Uhlhorn)