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DHS music awards made at last concerts

Staff reports

The final instrumental concert held at Douglas High School, “Sine Nomine,” of the 1998-99 DHS concert and jazz bands last week was received with cheers and whistles from parents, graduates, students and community members.

An estimated 300 people came to the DHS Commons to listen to the award-winning instrumental groups perform, and see who the annual senior awards would go to.

Bands from Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School and Carson Valley Middle School performed several numbers before the DHS Jazzcats took the stage.

Playing lively songs which include Route 66, Misty, Blues is My Favorite Color, Beyond the Sea and Green Onions, the Jazzcats demonstrated the reason they received “Superior” and 1st place ratings at the recent Great America Festival in California.

The DHS Concert Band songs included Sine Nomine, Old Tent Meeting, Gettysburg, Cross Creek and Song of Praise. They received an “Excellent” and 3rd place at the Great America Festival.

Senior awards, voted on by band members, were presented to:

n Outstanding sophomore – Amy Zabelsky

n Outstanding junior – Sara Whitaker

n Outstanding junior – Mary Zimmerman

n Outstanding seniors – for woodwind, Brenden Sparks and Matt Wayne; woodwind plus brass; Rebecca McGough; woodwind plus colorguard, Jennifer Marchand and Dawn Paddock, percussion John Garcia

n Semper Fidelis Marine Band Award – Jennifer Neal

n Jessica Stewart Memorial Award – Nick Thomas

n Rick Shields Memorial Award – Griff Sahlin

n Director’s award – Andy Patrick

n Louis Armstrong Jazz Award – Richard De La Cruz

n John Philip Sousa Award – Jennifer Zabelsky

n Music Booster President, Brian Patrick also received a special award from Zabelsky.

The chorale department of DHS held their senior awards in May at a concert which included performances by the Nightingales, Image choir, Madrigals and many solos. Senior awards went to:

n Outstanding “Nightingale” – Lennon Allen

n Image – Christy Smith

n Madrigal – Natalie Gardner

n National High School Choral Award – Richard De La Cruz and Jennifer Zabelsky.