The Pride of Ardmore performed well at OSSAA District Solo and Ensemble, but with state ahead of them they aren’t letting up for a moment.
Forty-four students advanced to state at the district competition in Durant last month, 34 students received superior ratings on their pieces and 29 received excellent ratings.
“We took over 70 students to our district contest and we’re going to have 34 events,” band director Chauvin Aaron said. “44 students are going to the competition in Stillwater in April.”
Dalton Brown, Landon Johnson, Ardmore trumpet choir, Katie Long, Ardmore clarinet quintet, Ardmore flute quartet, Ardmore woodwind choir, Ardmore brass choir, Drew Battice, Ardmore saxophone quartet, Kalie Davis, Battice percussion ensemble, Jona Cardamone, Brianna Brown, Jackson Arthur, and Dalana Morris are all advancing to state, which will take place at Oklahoma State University on April 18th.
“We’ve gone from having no kids go to having 44 kids going to state,” Aaron said. “Our kids are accepting of the things we’re trying to implement.”
Aaron said grant money from the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation was instrumental in the band’s improvement from last year. The grant paid for new instruments, one-on-one lessons for students and new pianos at the middle and high schools.
“We have some summer band camps planned, we’re really excited about what those are going to do,” Aaron said. “So we can already have the groundwork laid and continue from where we left off.”
The Ardmore High School Wind Ensemble is advancing to state as well. They received all 1s on sight-reading and performance at the district level and will compete in the OSSAA State Band Contest at East Central University on March 28th.