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E. Russell Hicks band receives superior rating

June 16, 2008

The E. Russell Hicks Middle School Eighth Grade Band, under the direction of Michele Hull and assisted by Betty Sue Kitchen, participated in the Washington County Large Ensemble festival on April 23 at North High.

The band was the only eighth-grade band in the county that received a superior rating and played the required level of music to qualify the band to advance to the state festival at Clarksburg High School in Montgomery County on May 7.

At the state festival, the eighth-grade band received a superior rating, the highest rating.

It was one of 30 middle school bands from across Maryland to participate in the festival.

21 students at festival earn superior ratings

In addition to the Eighth Grade Band attending the State Large Ensemble Festival, 21 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students attended the County Solo and Ensemble Festival on Feb. 23 and received a "superior" rating, qualifying them to attend the State Solo and Ensemble Festival.

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That festival was held at Towson University on May 10.

The following students received excellent ratings at the state festival: James Port, Zach Sines, Andrew Volz, Stephanie Swope, Megan Divel, Lanie Picard and Carissa Funk.

The following students received superior ratings: Jenna Hammond, Heather Pickerall, Matt Jones, Christina Brogaard, Stephanie Swope, Abigail Snyder, Carissa Funk, Emily Fortney, Matt Eaton, Kelli Meyer, Courtney Smith, Lanie Picard, Alana Jones, Hayley McCoy, Zoe Grossett and Whitley Tobei.

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