GREENBRIER — Greenbrier Junior High School musicians gave a sparkling performance at their last band concert for this year at the high school.
An audience of parents, grandparents, faculty and fellow students applauded and cheered for the 169 musicians. Some of their selections were quite difficult and some were very familiar, including some Beatles music and highlights from "The Wizard of Oz."
Jennifer Church and Marcy Wells shared the podium directing the seventh- and eighth-grade students, who showed off how much their musical prowess had grown in just a short school year. Judy Harkrider, director of the ninth grade band, commented, "We are looking forward to being in our new Fine Arts Complex for next year’s concerts."
Scheduled for completion by Thanksgiving, the new auditorium will house the bands, choirs, and drama activities and will seat approximately 1,000 in the auditorium.
The Outstanding Eighth-Grade Bandsman honor, voted by the students, was given to Will Ratliffe. The ninth-grade musicians voted and elected Sarah Dixon and Brayden Fisher, tied, to that honor.
Outstanding Recognition awards were given to seventh graders: Mark Corker, Caroline Harrod, and Marissa Watson.
Taynor Betts and Ragan Skudlark, ninth grade, were the honorees for Outstanding Recognition.
All-Region Band awards were given to the following eighth-grade students: Kaylen Fagala, Makayla Mitchell, Will Ratliffe, Kourtni Bowen, Nina Maartinez, Jared McCune and Cheyenns Culp. The ninth-graders recognized for that award were Billy Huggins, Molly Churchwell, Hailey McKee and Corey Swann. The All-Region Second awards went to Ashley Martin and Cooper Matthews, both ninth-graders.
Most Improved Musician awards went to eighth-graders Jenna Goodrich, Britney Williams, Cheyenne Hollister, and Jessica Hudson. Ninth-grade improvement awards were given to Ian Pressler, Sarah Castleberry and Dakotah Cooper.
The Color Guard honorees moving into eighth grade in the fall are: Amber Winberry, Ellie Shelman, Katelyn Pierce, and Marissa Watson. Moving into ninth-grade Color Guard are Amanda Hall, Jenna Goodrich, Kourtni Bowen, Makayla Mitchell and Kaylen Fagala.
New high school color guards will be Taynor Betts, Ragan Skudlark, Mollie Churchwell, Sara Dixon and Madison Frye.