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Band prepares for solo competition

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Sophomore Kaileigh Smith practices the flute in preparation for the contest

Sophomore Kaileigh Smith practices the flute in preparation for the contest

Shae Daugherty

Shae Daugherty

Sophomore Kaileigh Smith practices the flute in preparation for the contest

Jack Marsden, Staff Writer

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Band students are preparing to perform their solos for the Lovejoy solo contest on Saturday, May 12.

We do solo contest to improve the overall playing ability of each student as individuals,” assistant band director Daniel King said. “In a solo setting, our students have to learn a whole different set of skills. It helps to develop technical facility on their instruments, higher levels of musical expression and forces them to learn to play with a piano accompanist.”

Band students have been practicing their pieces for the past few months.

“It’s been going good,” junior and flutist Pallavi Muraleedharan said. “I’ve been preparing [my solo] since after area auditions with Mrs. Penny, my private lessons teacher. I’m excited to perform it and show what I’ve been working on for the past few months.”

The band directors hire a trio of judges to help judge the students’ solos, which are rated on a scale of one to three with one being the highest score.

“I’ve been practicing a lot,” freshman and bassoon player Zachary Iovine said. “It’s a little stressful, but I’m excited to see all my friends get to play. The directors give you a little freedom with how you want to practice your solo. Something could always go wrong, so it’s a little stressful.”

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Jack Marsden, TRL Reporter

Freshman, writer, student, journalist. Jack Marsden is new to The Red Ledger staff. He joined the newspaper in seventh grade and loved the program from day one. Jack often chooses not to speak and instead to watch those around him, observing how others react. Although quiet, Jack always wants to try his hardest at whatever is thrown his way. In his free time, Jack participates in band and theatre and loves to watch “Doctor Who” and be outside. Although born in New York City, he’s lived in Texas for ten years with his two sisters, one of which is a junior at LHS, and two little brothers. Jack likes to consider himself a thinker and will constantly have random thoughts spinning about his head. Jack joined newspaper for a chance to write and learn more about the school and the outside world. He’s excited this year for the chance to write and create on this staff.

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