Congrats to RBHS Emerald Regiment - First Place Finals

RBHS performed at the Lafayette Contest of Champions this past Saturday, September 23rd.  After a great finals performance, students were awarded a first-place finish in finals among some great bands.  RBHS took home a traveling trophy which dates back through the late 80s.  In finals, RBHS earned best music; 2nd in visual and 3rd in general effect.  

If you want to catch a glimpse of the show, here is the finals performance:


Congrats to the entire team on a very well designed show and a well-executed show.  RBHS will be traveling to Tulsa, OK for a festival at Owasso High School on Saturday, September 30th.  


Fine Arts Explorer Shares Eclipse Art

Isabella Shah attended the Fine Arts Explorers experience this past summer and had an excellent time. One of her projects she completed was to make art inspired by this years eclipse. It made such a big impact that Isabella made a bunch at home to sell yesterday in front of her home during the eclipse.

A journalist from the Washington Post noticed the art and came to interview Isabella - here's a link - her entry at 11:52 am:

And Joel Sager from the Sager Braudis gallery of downtown Columbia is purchasing a piece of her work. Congratulations to Isabella for her outstanding work!



Isabella selling her art representing the Aug. 21st Solar Eclipse

Battle High School Students Succeed at area Fiber Art Show

The Boone County Weavers and Spinners Guild held its opening reception for their Student Fiber Arts Show yesterday. All Battle High School Fiber students were given the opportunity to submit artwork. 

Below is the list of BHS students, the number of pieces they entered, and the awards they received:

1. Jacob Lopez (3 pieces)- Honorable Mention for Printed Piece

2. Colette Pippen (2 Pieces) – Best of Show for Embroidery

3.  Forest Miller (1 piece)- Honorable Mention for Embroideries

4. Riley Cunningham (1 piece)

5. Korensa Bussing (1 Piece) – Honorable Mention for Jacket

6. Elizabeth Fenner (2 pieces)- Honorable Mention for Bug

7.  Netanya Lee (2 pieces) –Honorable Mention for Printed Skirt

8. Rachel Stuart (1 piece)- Honorable Mention for Quilted Image

9. Estrella Rodriguez (1 Piece) – Honorable Mention

Rock Bridge High School Band District Contest Results

Exciting results for State Large Ensemble and District Solo & Ensemble for Rock Bridge High School.  Students did a phenomenal job with a total of 36 solo & ensemble entries to State.  That is the most ever for RBHS Bands!

For the first time the third RBHS band (Concert Band) performed at State and received a ‘2’ rating.  Additionally RBHS has never entered a brass choir or woodwind choir to State Large Ensemble and the brass ensemble received a ‘1’ and the woodwind ensemble received a ‘2’. 

Fantastic for these first-ever entries.

Rock Bridge 2017 State Large Ensemble Results

Wind Symphony – Unanimous ‘1’ Rating Symphonic Band – ‘1’ Rating
Concert Band – ‘2’ Rating
Brass Choir – Unanimous 1 Rating Woodwind Choir – ‘2’ Rating

2017 District Solo & Ensemble Results


‘1’ Ratings and qualify for State

Mixed Brass Quintet (Christian Candia, Martin Shapiro, Ty Jamieson, Jack Fetting, and Andrew Meister)

Percussion Ensemble #2 (Alex Drury, Savanah Wittman, Jerry Chou, Jamie Fetting, Sami Alexander, and Ann Fitzmaurice)

Flute Trio (Kailey Beaty, Venice Villescas, and Jordan Kuhnert)
Flute Quartet (Kaitlyn Smith, Caitlyn Hulett, Camille Kudrna, and Hannah Evans)

‘2’ Ratings

French Horn Trio (Valerie Besser, Dilan Kurukulasuryia, and Ben Rouder)
Percussion Ensemble #1 (Connor Squellati, Jacob Sykuta, Moy Zhong, and Greta Scheidt) Mixed Woodwind Trio (Emma Pierce, Kaylee Sands, and Venice Villescas)

‘1’ Ratings and qualify for State

Ilinca Popescu – Oboe
Josiah Prenger – Bassoon
Jamie Fetting – Trumpet
Meredith Farmer – Oboe
Luke Milyo – Trombone
Mariam Schieber – Clarinet

Shanley Silvey – French Horn
Tricia Carver-Horner – Clarinet Sarah Keely – French Horn
Dilan Kurukulasuriya – French Horn Jack Fetting – Trombone

Jordan Khunert – Flute Hannah Evans – Flute
Christian Candia – Trumpet Christian Candia – French Horn Katy Miller – Trumpet

Andrew Meister – Trombone Jessica Fisher – Flute
Jacob Sykuta – Keyboard Mallet Ty Jamieson – French Horn
Jamie Fetting – Snare Drum Martin Shapiro – French Horn Jensen Mees – Snare Drum Savannah Wittman – Snare Drum Camille Kudrna – Flute

Kailey Beaty – Flute
Kaitlyn Smith – Flute
Caitlyn Hulett – Flute
Camille Kudrna – Piccolo
Venice Villescas – Flute
Connor Squellati – Keyboard Mallet Becca Wells – Alto Saxophone

‘2’ Ratings

Maddie Renner – French Horn    Hallam George – Alto Saxophone       Ava Hemwall – French Horn Valerie Besser – French Horn        Martin Shapiro – Trombone Olivia        Anderson – Flute       Kaylee Sands – Clarinet Lucy Beattie - Flute

RBHS Jazz Program Achieves Great Results


February 24-25, the Rock Bridge jazz program participated in the Northwest State University (Feb. 24) and the University of Central Missouri (Feb. 25) Jazz Festivals.  Students did a fantastic job! Here are the results:


Northwest State University Jazz Festival

Rock Bridge Jazz Band – 1st Place in the Second Band Division

Rock Bridge Jazz Ensemble – 1st Place in the 5A Band Division

Overall Outstanding Jazz Soloist in the 5A Band Division – Jack Fetting (trombone)

4:15 Jazz Combo Outstanding Soloist – Samantha Fierke (vocal)

5:30 Jazz Combo Outstanding Soloists – Martin Shapiro (piano), Hallam George (alto saxophone), and Jack Fetting (trombone)

Rock Bridge Jazz Band Outstanding Soloist – Hannah Evans (alto saxophone)

Rock Bridge Jazz Ensemble Outstanding Soloists – Jack Fetting (trombone) and Martin Shapiro (piano)

 At NWSU, our jazz students had the opportunity to watch the Count Basie Orchestra perform.  What an extra special treat to an already successful weekend for the jazz program.

University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival

Rock Bridge 5:30 Jazz Combo – ‘1’ Rating Plaque

Rock Bridge Jazz Band – ‘1’ Rating Plaque

Rock Bridge Jazz Ensemble – ‘1’ Rating Plaque

4:15 Jazz Combo Outstanding Musician – Samantha Fierke (vocal)

5:30 Jazz Combo Outstanding Musicians – Martin Shapiro (piano), Seth Hodder (guitar), and Hallam George (alto saxophone)

Rock Bridge Jazz Band Outstanding Musicians – Seth Hodder, (guitar) and Hannah Evans (alto saxophone)

Rock Bridge Jazz Ensemble Outstanding Musicians – Christian Candia (trumpet), Jack Fetting (trombone), and Martin Shapiro (piano)

Battle High School Art Students Receive Accolades

Recently Battle High School Art Students were successful at the Columbia Art League and Columbia College Art Shows.  Marc Chauvin, Battle senior, was juried into a professional exhibit at the Columbia Art League and won an award for his work!  The whole jury process is an important one for artists to learn to manage, both logistically and emotionally.

Columbia Collage had their 12th annual high school show and competition.  In addition to three BHS students being featured on the exhibit poster, six students won cash awards.  Additionally, BHS students swept the photography category, taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place.  

HHS Student Wins Prize for Music Composition

Congratulations to Sarah Meadows, she has won 3rd Place in the Senior Division of the Creating Original Music Project at the University of Missouri.  In recognition of her fine musical achievement, she will be awarded $500.  Her school will also receive $500.

All are invited to attend the Creating Original Music Project Festival on April 16th at the University of Missouri.  Sarah's piece will be performed in the Senior Division Recital at 2:30 PM, which will feature pieces by first-, second-, and third-place winning composers in grades 9-12, followed by an awards ceremony.  Parking will be available in the Hitt Street Garage and the University Avenue Garage on the University of Missouri Campus.

HHS Students Qualify for NSDA National Tournament

Congratulations to the following HHS students on their outstanding showing at the NSDA (National Speech and Debate Association) District competition this past weekend. We had 4 entries make it to the final round:

Paul Reynolds--7th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Jessica Kanne--5th place in Informative Speaking

Josh Friedrich and Lily Kraxberger--2nd place in Duo Interpretation 

Secunda Kariuki--1st place in Dramatic Interpretation 

Josh, Lily, and Secunda all qualify for the NATIONAL NSDA Tournament and will compete this summer in Salt Lake City. 

Rock Bridge High School Band Sees Great Results

The Rock Bridge bands had a fantastic number of students make the Northeast District Missouri Honor Band, Honorable Mention Band, and the Honor Jazz Band.  Thirty-Four students auditioned with 29 making one or more of the bands.  All-State auditions is on December 5 and the far majority of these students qualify for auditioning at the next level.

Congratulations to these students.


HHS Students Selected for SWACDA Honor Choirs

Megan Fudge and Carter Moore submitted recorded auditions for the Honors Choirs of the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. Megan was selected to sing in the Freshman and Sophomore Women's Choir and Carter was selected to sing in the Junior and Senior Mixed Choir. They will perform with these ensembles at the SWACDA conference in Kansas City on March 10, 2016.

Hickman has strong participation in Northeast District Choir

Hickman High School was well represented on Saturday with nine students having earned the right to sing in the Missouri Northeast All-District Choir after their audition in September. Alexandra Jaberg sang in the Freshman/Sophomore Choir and Lydia Bryda, Sophia Casto, Josh Friedrich, Mikey Mossine, Carter Moore, Katie Peterson, Stella Pruitt and Margaret Straw sang in the Junior/Senior Choir. 

The Juniors and Seniors then auditioned for the honor of being selected to join the best singers in the state as members of the Missouri All State Choir. Hickman has three of the 20 Students chosen from the Northeast District. Josh Friedrich, Mikey Mossine and Stella Pruitt will spend three days in January rehearsing and performing with the All State Choir at the Missouri Music Educators Convention at the Lake of the Ozarks.