The Auburn Riverside Jazz Combo took first place at the recent Puget Sounds Festival. Members are, from left: Elizabeth Harvey, Justin Millus, Jacob Campbell, Kaelyn Morgan, Melaku Akalwold and Jalen Terry. COURTESY PHOTO

The Auburn Riverside Jazz Combo took first place at the recent Puget Sounds Festival. Members are, from left: Elizabeth Harvey, Justin Millus, Jacob Campbell, Kaelyn Morgan, Melaku Akalwold and Jalen Terry. COURTESY PHOTO

Auburn School District sounds off with musical accolades

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:24pm
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Auburn School District musicians are making an impact throughout the state.

Here is a recap of recent musical achievements in the district:

Selection to 2018 Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) Junior All-State Group

Zoe Harris from Mt. Baker Middle School was chosen for the all-state orchestra. Mt. Baker’s Jenna Moon-Earle, Cody Nutter and Ashley Ray were selected for the all-state band. Edgar Eligio Weiss from Rainier also will participate in the all-state band. All of these middle school musicians will rehearse with well-known band and orchestra directors in February in Yakima and then perform with their all-state groups.

The Mt. Baker eighth-grade orchestra auditioned and was selected as one of only three middle school orchestras to perform at the WMEA conference in February.

Puget Sounds Festival

Competing against groups from around the Puget Sound, the Auburn Riverside Jazz Combo took first place and the Auburn Jazz Combo took second place at a recent festival on Bainbridge Island.

Students in the Auburn Riverside Jazz Combo are: Melaku Akalwold, Jacob Campbell, Elizabeth Harvey, Justin Millus, Kaelyn Morgan and Jalen Terry, who was selected as an outstanding soloist on trumpet.

Students in the Auburn Jazz Combo are: Juan Beltran, Javon Boggs, Colton De Carteret, Xander Norman and Caitlin Weber, who was selected as an outstanding soloist on bass.

2018 Northwest Honor Band

Out of 540 nominees, only 200 students were selected for the Northwest Honor Band that rehearsed and performed at Pacific Lutheran University on Jan. 5-6. Of those 200, eight were Auburn Riverside students. They are: Jacob Campbell, Caroline Cooper, Kaitlyn Enrico, Elizabeth Harvey, Kaelyn Morgan, Lucas Oliveira, Robin Wessel and Jeremy Willsey.

2018 WMEA All State Honor Group

These students were accepted into the 2018 WMEA All State Honor Group:

Band: Chris Manry (Auburn Riverside), Sophia Ramos (Auburn Riverside), Jeremy Willsey (Auburn Riverside), Jared Cloud (Auburn)

Choir: Tommy Marchant (Auburn Riverside), Daniela Montano (Auburn Riverside), Rhyonna Rosales (Auburn Riverside), Oscar Safsten (Auburn Riverside), Josh Sia (Auburn Riverside)

Orchestra: Andy Tu (Auburn Riverside)

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