Members of the Paris High School Band performed at the Missouri Solo and Small Ensemble Music Festival, held at the University of Missouri last month. Two small ensembles, a woodwind quartet and a percussion uartet, qualified for the State Festival by receiving a “1” Rating at the District Festival in March.

Members of the Paris High School Band performed at the Missouri Solo and Small Ensemble Music Festival, held at the University of Missouri last month. Two small ensembles, a woodwind quartet and a percussion uartet, qualified for the State Festival by receiving a “1” Rating at the District Festival in March.

Events at the State Festival are again rated on a 1-5 scale, but generally by collegiate faculty, arguably with higher standards for each rating.

The woodwind quartet, with flute players Amber Chapman and Tori Hamilton, and clarinet players Delaney Miller and Mollie Cupp, performed a piece called “Summer Sketches,” a very pleasant piece that the judge at the District Festival wanted to purchase for her students after hearing the students perform.

The percussion quartet members were Tanner Anderson, Ben Ebbesmeyer, Amber Chapman, and Delaney Miller. Anderson, being the only full-time percussionist of the group, played the drum part, while Ebbesmeyer played maracas, Miller played claves and Chapman played timpani on a piece titled “The Hawks.”

Both events received a “2” rating, reserved for “Outstanding” performances that “Frequently Demonstrate” proper musicianship.

Paris High School Music Director Jared Shulse applauded the performances, and said the groups will perform Annual Spring Concert, scheduled for the Paris High School Gym today (May 10), at 7 p.m.