The high school’s 91-member symphonic band won the Cowapa League competition back in April, earning its 11th straight trip to state band finals this month at Oregon State University.

“We just got back last week from state band finals where we tied for sixth place,” Band Director Terry Dahlgren said. “We got some really good scores and positive feedback.”

Soloists included Anna Kaim, Nathanael Ward, Otto Hoekstre and Raiden Bowles.

With 91 students in the symphonic band, Dahlgren said his band is by far the largest in the region.

He attributes the widespread participation of student musicians to smart scheduling.

“I am very careful about how much we commit to, because we have a ton of athletes in the band,” Dahlgren said. “I want that. I want them to be able to do it all. We’re not an elitist organization. It starts with the school schedule and the support you get from the administration, and keeping it with an activity that is accessible to the kids time-wise.”


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