POINT PLEASANT — Students from the Point Pleasant Band programs recently enjoyed what instructors are calling a successful day at the Marshall University Solo and Ensemble Festival.
The festival was held at Smith Music Hall and saw 13 students from PPJ/SHS perform. All students and groups received a Superior rating, the highest awarded at the festival.
Soloists performing were Katie Moody on trumpet, Gretchen Nibert on Euphonium, and Olivia Pyles on flute. Soloists were accompanied by Lisa Moody, piano.
Ensembles performing included the alto saxophone duet of Trevor Hawkins and Emily Pyles and the Advanced Steel Drum Ensemble, consisting of Jayla Arnold, Hayley Russell, Garrett Harbour, Dylan Tayengco, Izzy King, Jimmie Wood, Brandi Stroup and Brett McCoy. In addition to receiving a Superior rating, the steel drum ensemble also was nominated to perform at the West Virginia state music educators’ conference as an honor ensemble.
The Point Pleasant Band is under the direction of Benjamin Loudin with assistant Chip Hendricks. The PPJ/SHS band program features many performing groups and opportunities including the marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensemble, steel drum ensembles, and the newly formed show ensemble, including members of the choir program along with band members.
The next big event for those in the band program at PPJ/SHS, is the annual Black Knight Revue which takes place March 4-6 at Wedge Auditorium at PPJ/SHS. This will be the 46th year for the popular annual revue. More on this event in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.