Four musicians advance to PMEA Regionals

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Pat Sachse

(L to r): Kaitlyn Farber, Kyra Woomer, Alanna Vaglica, and Kyra Woomer qualified for PMEA Region III band.

Jarrett Taneyhill, Student Life Editor

The following Bellwood-Antis High School students will be advancing to PMEA Region III Band in March after placing high enough to advance in District  6 band:

  • Sophomore Alanna Vaglica, flute
  • Junior Kaitlyn Farber, flute
  • Junior Kyra Woomer, French horn
  • Sophomore Alex Foose, saxophone

Band Director Mr. Patrick Sachse is pleased to see this many students advancing from a small school.

“I’m just very proud that were sending four out of five District qualifiers,” he said. “As a small school were only going to start so many students, but to have that many go on to the next level really speaks to the depth and quality of our students.”

The students seem to be very happy with their performances and are excited to try to move on to states in the next competition.

Sophomore Alanna Vaglica is using this opportunity as a chance to grow as a musician.

To have that many go on to the next level really speaks to the depth and quality of our students.”

— Mr. Sachse

“It is a good opportunity because you get to grow and play against people that are really good,” said Alanna.

Junior Kaitlyn Farber is happy that her hard work is paying off.

“It fells amazing just to know that all of that hard work has paid off.  It is also nice to be able to show off your talent and not have it hidden away,” said Kaitlyn.

Sophomore Dominic Tornatore, who competed in district band but did not move on, is looking forward to getting better and trying to get to Regionals next year.

“It felt amazing to get into Districts because I really practiced hard to get there.  I am going to practice a lot more so I can get into Regionals,” said Dominic.

With Dominic and all of the regional competitors returning, the band could be sending a student to the state competition in the next two years, if not this year.

“It’ll be easy to repeat it. As they get older, older competition phases out.  What I’m really excited to see is the students earn their way to state band,” said Mr. Sachse.

Good luck to the students competing in Regional band!