Libby, Troy receive high marks at District Music Festival

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The Libby and Troy high school bands and choirs attended the District Music Festival competition in Kalispell April 5 through 6, returning with quite a few high marks for their performances.


The Troy High School band had an overall Excellent rating and a Superior for sight reading (2, 2, 2, SR - 1).

The Troy High School choir had an overall Excellent and a Superior for sight reading (2, 2, 2, SR - 2).

Instrumental Solos

Lyndan Clay, baritone saxophone, Superior

Alyssa Kelso, alto saxophone, Superior

Damien Simanovicki, tenor saxophone, Superior

Regina Milde, flute, Superior

Instrumental Ensembles

Abby Osborn and Brett Osborn, flute and trumpet, Excellent

Abby Osborn and Kira Newton, flute, Excellent

Vocal Ensembles

Destiney Biorn and Isaac Biorn, Excellent

Laci Morton, Chloe McNew and Emmalize Pena, Excellent


The Libby High School concert band received Superior (I), Excellent (II), Excellent (II) from their three judges.

Libby Solo/Ensemble Ratings:

The following students received superior ratings:

Sally Weber and Maellen Johnson, baritone sax duet

Alyssa James and Maellen Johnson, woodwind duet

Alyssa James and Cerria Swagger, mixed duet

Sally Weber, violin solo

Shelby Smith, flute solo

Cerria Swagger, trumpet solo

The following students received excellent ratings:

Libby Jazz Band: Anthony Kropp, Ruby Martin, Sally Weber, Brayling Brooks, Courtney Benson, Trey Thompson, Chris Williams, Phillip Schnackenberg, Taryn Thompson and Cerria Swagger

Taryn Thompson, tuba solo

Phillip Schnackenberg, trombone solo

Cerria Swagger and Bridget Pena, trumpet duet

Chris Williams, tenor sax

Ruby Martin, piano solo

Braylin Brooks, piano solo

Julie Downard and Cerria Swagger, mixed duet

The Libby High School band also attended the Heritage Music Festival in Seattle in March.

Libby band director Matt Krantz said by email that they competed in an event with 20 bands. They received a gold rating — the highest rating — and took first place in their division.

“The kids worked really hard on this!” Krantz said.

The members of the high school concert band who attended were: Trey Andersen, Chase Benner, Courtney Benson, Braylin Brooks, Hailey Chambers, Julianna Downard, Landon Haddock, Alyssa James, Kelsey Johnson, Maellen Johnson, Anthony Kropp, Lucky Martin, Ruby Martin, Alexus Moeller, Billi Joe Moeller, Bridget Pena, Stabros Ramos, Katelyn Reeves, Ember Rode, Phillip Schnackenberg, Shelby Smith, Meagan Stevens, Cerria Swagger, Michael Tew, Taryn Thompson, Sally Weber, Chris Williams and Jacqueline Wisdom.

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