OMEA Regional Solo & Ensemble Contest
OMEA Regional Solo & Ensemble Contest is an optional Honors Program event for band students at Bainbridge High School. Winners and some alternates are invited to compete at the WMEA / WIAA State Solo & Ensemble Competition at the end of April at Central Washington University. To be declared a winner or an alternate at Regional Solo & Ensemble Contest, a musician needs to be enrolled in band, earn a qualifying "superior" score, and place above their peers accordingly. The competition is judged by experienced professional musicians and educators on each instrument. Our region includes nine high schools from the entirety of Kitsap County. There are 22 performing divisions that are applicable to band, and there are 22 regions of competition from around the state.
Information on State for Families
Do you have a student who qualified as a winner or alternate to State this year? If so, congratulations! It is a huge honor to represent our county at the WMEA / WIAA State Solo & Ensemble Competition. Here are some basics:
Transportation. Like Regional S&E, State S&E is a family event. BISD does not provide transportation or supervision. While this provides some extra hurdles, the event is well worth attending as a family.
Schedule. The schedule for State usually comes out in early April. This will inclulde which alternates are picked up for the big event. Small Ensembles typically compete on Friday morning. Large Ensembles typicaly compete Friday afternoon. Solos compete all day on Saturday. Top three finishers from the mornings are posted in the early afternoon, and all top 3 medalists and winners from each division are announced at an evening awards ceremony in nearby Nicholson Pavilion, which is the university's basketball and volleyball stadium. The ensembles awards ceremony is Friday night, and the solos awards ceremony is on Saturday.
Alternates. You won’t know your fate until the first week of April or so. At that time, WMEA will release schedules and alternate information for the first time. This only gives you 3-4 weeks to finish preparing your piece, so please don’t let it get too rusty. Alternates are invited to state when there are openings from another region (if someone cancels, or where no winner is chosen).
The 1st alternate from the region with the most entries is offered a position first. If they can’t make it, the offer goes to the next most competitive 1st alternate. The process continues until every spot is filled.
The first 2nd alternate is considered only after every 1st alternate is considered. In my experience, 1st alternates have a 30% - 50% chance of being invited, and 2nd alternates have a 3-5% chance of making it to the big show.
Hotels. Places to stay in Ellensburg tend to book up quickly, so we recommend booking a place soon after regionals. OMEA is one of the last regions to have their local competition, so we're already behind the bulk of participants. Soloists and small ensemble members should definitely book a place, as only large ensemble members are guaranteed an afternoon performance slot. Families might consider cancelling after schedules are released, if their student performs late enough in the day to safely get over Snoqualmie Pass in time to get settled at CWU and perform well. Extra time is recommended though, as it's no fun to play at State when you're tired! It's a magical day that you'll want to remember being at your best! Again, BISD does not provide supervision on this trip, so families must plan accordingly.
Percussion. In the happy event that we have a percussion ensemble competing at State, the Band Boosters will organize a UHual or use our Band Trailer to get the required equipment to and from Ellensburg. Have your student keep an ear out for announcements on when load up will happen before travel to Ellensburg.
Dress. Business wear. Most performers wear ties or blouses. Be comfortable, but look sharp. Tall heals are not recommended.
Parking. There are plenty of paid parking lots at CWU with automated pay stations. There is also free street parking, but it will require a walk.
Rules. It is the responsibility of the STUDENT to fully understand the rules for State Solo & Ensemble. Please ensure that you carefully read through the entire rule document, which is posted here. Here are a couple important rules to highlight:
If an ensemble qualifies for State, ONLY the members who actually performed at Regionals are eligible to perform at State. If someone misses regionals, they cannot rejoin for State.
There are THREE judges for each category at State, and ALL THREE must be given an ORIGINAL copy of the performer's music. Additionally, all performers and accompanists are required to have original music on hand as well - although photocopies are typically allowed to facilitate page turns and ease of reading. In all, performers are required to aquire 4-5 ORIGINAL COPIES of their pieces in order to ensure copyright compliance. The ONLY exception to this prohibition is when the photocopy is accompanied by a letter from the composer / publisher giving the express permission to use a photocopy at State. The rules are very specific on this, so please review the rule document closely.
The time slots at State are RIGID. If you are still performing, you WILL be cut off when your time slot runs out. Please practice the entire sequence of your performance to ensure you can finish within your performance time allotment. This INCLUDES walking to the front of the room, tuning, being introduced, performing, AND receiving your State performance certificate. Again, the rules are very clear in the rule document - please review it carefully.
Masking. At this time, masking and bell covers will be firm requirements, but this could change by late April. Please stay tuned for announcements or updates from Mr Thomas.
202234 - TOTAL ENTRIES22 - Superior ratings09 - Excellent ratings03 - Cancellations
11 - WINNERS04 - 1st Alternates03 - 2nd Alternates18 - Total Regional Placements
FIRST ALTERNATESLow Sax - Elana MemkeTrumpet - Seth ReynvaanPiano - Miles WielandMallets - Jack Ekstrand
SECOND ALTERNATESHigh Sax - Elana MemkePiano - Jack EkstrandSmall Percussion Ensemble - Stubernic Trio Cole Moomaw - Marimba Ben Beckett - Marimba Liam Jurcak - Marimba
No contest due to COVID-19
202047 - TOTAL ENTRIES34 - Superior ratings13 - Excellent ratings00 - No Shows or lower ratings
12 - WINNERS07 - 1st Alternates06 - 2nd Alternates25 - Total Regional Placements
FIRST ALTERNATESBass Clarinet - Nicolas LofgrenHigh Sax - Nicolas LofgrenFrench Horn - Gianna DeweyTrombone - Mekonnen WosennePiano - Keon DengSmall Woodwind Ensemble - Prestigious Clarinet DuetKelsie Lacey - clarinetEamon Nalefski - clarinetLarge Brass Ensemble - Bainbridge Brass 5Jessica Berman - trumpetAndrew Peterson - trumpetAbi Curtis - hornMekonnen Wosenne - tromboneIan Gray - tuba
SECOND ALTERNATESFlute- Dani HeylenClarinet - Kelsie LaceyLow Sax - Cayley MeadString Bass - Brandon HarrisMallets - Keaton DernbachSnare - Molly Montgomery
201940 - Entries31 - Superior ratings09 - Excellent ratings00 - No-Shows or lower ratings
09 - WINNERS06 - First Alternates07 - Second Alternates22 - Total Regional Placements
FIRST ALTERNATESClarinet - Eamon NalefskiBass Clarinet - Lila SchroerFrench Horn - Cole AlbeeSnare - David CurcieSmall Woodwind Ensemble - Bainbridge Island Saxophone QuartetKyle Wisner - alto saxBarret Lhamon - alto saxMatthew McCann - tenorCayley Mead - bariSmall Brass Ensemble - Slide Whistle ArmyMekonnen Wossene - tromboneIan Gray - tromboneAndre Perez - tromboneGuy Weibel - bass trombone
SECOND ALTERNATESFlute - Ingrid NalefskiClarinet - Kelsie LaceyHigh Sax - Kyle WisnerLow Sax - Elana MemkePiano - Johnathan Curcie Multiple Percussion - Keon DengSmall Woodwind Ensemble - Bainbridge Woodwind DuetLila Schroer - bass clarinetElana Memke - tenor sax
201805 - WINNERS07 - First Alternates03 - Second Alternates01 - Third Alternate16 - Total Regional Placements
WINNERSClarinet - Nicolas LofgrenBass Clarinet - Megan Rideout-RedekerHigh Sax - Henry BrownLow Sax - Matthew McCannViolin - Sarah JungSmall Woodwind Ensemble - All You Can Eat BuffetMegan Rideout Redeker - clarinetNicolas Lofgren - clarinet
FIRST ALTERNATESClarinet - Megan Rideout-Redeker (clarinet)Bass Clarinet - Sean Halstead (bass clarinet)High Sax - Kevin McCann (alto sax)Mallets - Ben Soldow (mallets)Snare - David Curcie (snare)Large Brass Ensemble - Bainbridge Brass 5 1/2Andrew Peterson - trumpetHope Griffiths - trumpetXander Weibel - french hornIsaiah Bejorgen - tromboneIan Gray - tubaLarge Percussion Ensemble - Bainbridge Percussion EnsembleBen SoldowBrett DudgeonTravis McCoyMark ArendsRyan OlneyCassandra AlvaradoSam RossMelony BourgeoisDavid CurcieQuinn CourtwayMaka KuriharaLibby ClementsXander Weibel
SECOND ALTERNATESHigh Sax - Kyle WisnerLow Sax - Nicolas LofgrenLarge Woodwind Ensemble - Bainbridge Woodwind ChoirCambria Sheridan - fluteOlivia Cavalluzzi - fluteSam Parr - oboeRandi Harrigan - clarinetNel Straub - clarinetSean Halstead - alto saxNatalia Clermont - tenor saxThomas Wieland - bari sax
THIRD ALTERNATESLow Sax - Thomas Wieland
201705 - WINNERS02 - First Alternates01 - Second Alternates08 - Total Regional Placements
FIRST ALTERNATESHigh Sax - Henry Brown (alto sax)Low Sax - Kevin McCann (tenor sax)
SECOND ALTERNATESLarge Percussion Ensemble - Bainbridge Percussion EnsembleTimo Lahtinen (marimba), Kerrianne Wiggins (marimba), Mark Arends (marimba), Brett Dungeon (marimba), Ben Soldow, (vibraphone), Sam Ross (vibraphone), Marshall Whittlesey (vibraphone), Wesley Cummins (string bass), Alec Holzer (timpani), Libby Clements (djembe), Silvio Renna (auxiliary), Jack Bleakmore (drum set)
201605 - WINNERS05 - First Alternates02 - Second Alternates12 - Total Regional Placements
FIRST ALTERNATESFlute - Cristen McCannClarinet - Shelby Sundquist High Sax - Kevin McCannLow Sax - Shelby SundquistLarge Percussion Ensemble - Large Percussion EnsembleJared Cordell (piano), Jack Bleakmore (marimba), Kate Sullivan (marimba), Sam Ross (bells), Timo Lahtinen (vibes), Spencer Korol (chimes), Conor Dalton (timpani), Jack Rusher (bass), Kerianne Wiggins (percussion), Wesley Cummins (percussion), Seb Hagman (percussion), & Mark Arends (percussion)
SECOND ALTERNATESFlute - Kathryn Tibbens Piano - Zac Clark
201506 - WINNERS03 - First Alternates02 - Second Alternates11 - Total Regional Placements
FIRST ALTERNATESHigh Sax - Henry BrownSmall Woodwind Ensemble - Bainbridge Clarinet Duet (via playoff)Niki DixonShelby SundquistLarge Percussion Ensemble - Bainbridge Percussion EnsembleSienna Mander, Teddy O'Mara, Jeremy Binder, Jared Cordell, Megan Sellman, Timo Lahtinen, Jack Bleakmore, & Kerianne Wiggins
SECOND ALTERNATESLow Sax - Max WeberPiano - Cristen McCann
201408 - WINNERS04 - First Alternates03 - Second Alternates15 - Total Regional Placements
FIRST ALTERNATESEuphonium - John SmithTimpani - Wes PowersSmall Woodwind Ensemble - Bainbridge Flute DuetKathryn Tibbens & Hayden TuttySmall Percussion Ensemble - Hurta SchmertaNathan Oliver, (snare) Tor Eimon (tenor drums), Wes Powers (bass drum), Jared Cordell (bass drum)
SECOND ALTERNATESFlute - Hayden TuttyTrumpet - Andrew StahlSmall Woodwind Ensemble - Bainbridge Clarinet DuetShelby Sundquist & Niki Dixon
201306 - WINNERS04 - First Alternates04 - Second Alternates14 - Total Regional Placements
FIRST ALTERNATESFlute - Hayden TuttyTrombone - Lainey Linn Lee Mallets - Alex BranleySmall Brass Ensemble - Pygopus & SpoonEric Powell (tbn) & Lainey Linn Lee (tbn)
SECOND ALTERNATESTimpani - Tatiana SillsMultiple Percussion - Gabe Shelton-JenckSmall Woodwind Ensemble - Bainbridge Flute DuetCristen McCann & Aubrie RiceSmall Brass Ensemble - Bainbridge Trumpet DuetKaitlyn Wiggins (tpt) & Brad Mowell (tpt)