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Neah-Kah-Nie band wins districts, earns trip to state competition

Last Saturday history was made for Neah-Kah-Nie High School. For the first time, the NKN band took home the title of district champions.

Max Kirkendall
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After last year’s second place finish at districts, the Pirates were looking to one up last year’s effort and take the top spot this year. The band went head-to-head with five other schools, playing four songs and recording scores of 79, 85, 91 and 100 to take home the title.

NKN played Highland Legend by Randy Moss, Renaissance Suite by Tielman Susate (arranged by James Curnow), Air for Band by Frank Erickson and Critical Mass by Todd Stalter. It was an exciting win for both the young musicians and band teacher Russell Zaugg, who was very proud of his students.

“These students are dedicated,” Zaugg said. “They listen to the suggestions and criticisms I give and make the changes needed. They love music. All of them have been in band for many years.”

The big win qualifies NKN for a trip to the OSAA 2A/1A band finals in Corvallis on May 10. Zaugg said prior to there debut at the state level, the Pirates will be looking to improve and apply the suggestions given to them by that judges at districts.

“Competing at the state level requires the band to maintain a high level of focus,” Zaugg said. “There are so many things that a musician needs to keep track of that a lack of focus can really destroy a performance. We will be working on the suggestions we received from the judges at the festival.”

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