Pierce City band program shines

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Pierce City band students have earned a variety of awards and recognitions during the course of the 2016-17 academic year. Pictured, from left, are: Jessica Spencer, Gavin King and Kaylie Bueller, band members who earned some of the top honors in district competition. Melonie Roberts/reporter@monett-times.com

Students win a plethora of awards, accolades

Pierce City's band instructor, Bobbie Adams, has much to be proud of with her students, and rightly so.

Pierce City band students shined brightly at various competitions and performances in recent months.

The band took first place at the Stockton Black Walnut Parade and Missouri Southern Homecoming in Joplin, where it was also named best overall band. The band took second place at the Maple Leaf Parade in Carthage. Students also performed in Silver Dollar City's Parade of Lights.

Jessica Spencer was selected to play as a National FFA Band Member at the organization's national convention this year.

Southwest District Honor Band students include: Jessica Spencer, high school, fourth clarinet; Karina Thompson, high school, seventh clarinet; Trevor Aust, middle school, first baritone saxophone; Gavin King, middle school, second trombone; Allie Hall, middle school, fifth flute; Jeremiah Lawrimore, sixth trumpet; and Kaylie Buller, 10th clarinet.

Kaitlyn Breazzeal, trombone, and Chey Carman, flute, were named to Conference Band.

Spencer was also named to Missouri All-State Band.

Those earning I ratings for solo and ensemble performances at District competition include: Karina Thompson, clarinet; Spencer, bass clarinet; Austin Burrell, alto saxophone; and Katherine Leavitt, Allie Hall, Thompson and Spencer for mixed woodwind quartet.

Those earning II ratings included: Destiny Brazzeal, Kaitlyn Breazzeal, Lawrimore and King, mixed brass quartet; Daniel Thompson, Aust and Kali Fenski, saxophone trio; Carman, Ivy Wright and Sarah Durm, flute trio; Kaitlyn Brazzel, trombone solo; Spencer, soprano clarinet solo; Riley Boyles, bass clarinet solo; and Hannah Adams, Matt Hall, Andrea Snow, Haile Hile, Joey White and Cole Parrigon, percussion ensemble.

Karina Thompson and Spencer were both selected for the Missouri Fine Arts Academy.