CHESTERTON | The Chesterton High School Wind Ensemble traveled to Wheatfield on Friday to compete in the Indiana State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) annual organizational concert event. On Saturday, the CHS Symphonic Band then traveled to Wheatfield to take part in that ISSMA event.
Both groups were required to prepare and perform three selections for a panel of three adjudicators.
Both the CHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble received excellent marks that earned them gold superior ratings for their prepared selections. After each group finished their respective performance on stage, they were required to take part in the sight-reading portion of the competition.
“For most directors and their students, this part of the competition is the most nerve racking,” said CHS Director of Bands Michael Scheiber. During the preparation process, the directors and students are allowed to discuss the technical and music parts of the piece, they can even clap, sing, and snap their fingers through all of the rhythms in preparation, but they can’t play a note on their instruments until told to do so by the judge. “Once the preparation time is over, the group must play the piece straight through without stopping while the judge continues to evaluate. This process reveals our student’s personal self-confidence as well as their proficiency on their instrument, and it can certainly get a little exciting in the sight-reading room."
Members of the CHS Symphonic Band include Brian Bolin, Hannah Brown, Kristina Carr, Taylor Cash, Turner Cash, Emily Cernick, Belle Chandler, Abi Curdes, Grace Davis, Jeff DeHenes, Nick DeHenes, Zach DeLaCruz, Tina Denfeld, Zach Dickinson, Justice Eiden, Jacob Espinoza, Jacquelynn Evans, Riley Franklin, Annie Friday, Alysa Garriott, Arianna Hall, Seth Halpin, Matt Hampton, Alexandra Hanson, Hailey Hickey, Rowan Holsen, Hannah Hoffman, Amanda Isbister, Henry Keller, Mike Lipinski, Cassi Mardis, Madison McCarthy, Sean Messina, Jenna Miller, Devin Moser, David Olsen, Spencer Ostrega, Alaina Patterson, Robert Rosenau, Zach Royko, Joe Sabol, Collin St. Mary, Greg Sirko, Joe Stento, Sydney Walker and Katelyn Woods.
Members of the CHS Wind Ensemble include Kathryn Ausema, Kyle Barnes, Kierstin Berry, Diva Bridegroom, Jennifer Cedarstaff, Nicolette Croft, Nick Cross, Jeff DeHenes, Ashley Dennis, Sophia DeWitt, Zachary Dickinson, Seth Halpin, Matt Hampton, Zachary Hehr, Loren Hodgkiss, Rowan Holsen, Alex Hughes, Lily Hull, Brandon Jackett, Samantha Johnson, Curtis Jones, Eddie Kaczmarek, Olivia Kaiser, Austin Krafft, Michael Lipinski, Xavier Loving, Jackson Lucken, Bobby Maletta, Cassi Mardis, Hannah McCafferty, Nathan McCall, Erin McNicholas, Katelyn Merritt, Fred Owens, Yioti Panayi, Evan Pearson, Mitch Pearson, Frank Pejril, Joel Peterson, Sophia Pizzi, Nathan Poczekay, Tom Pratt, Anna Reyes, Xaundra Rodriguez, Robert Rosenau, Hayley Sabol, Laura Stepanovich, Garrett Swanson, Damien Thomas, Donna Trowbridge, Logan Vermillion, Jaynellen Waelde and Kaleigh Wilder.
Both the CHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble are under the Direction of Michael Scheiber.