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Oregon music students finishing a successful festival season

Oregon School District music students who took part in the district and state festivals this past winter are due some congratulations.

Oregon High School and David L. Rahn Jr. High had 32 students who made the all-district band and choir through the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA).

Those students represented District 8 at its festival and concert at DeKalb High School in November.

Of those students, Oregon High School was represented by four at the ILMEA All-State Festival in Peoria Jan. 25-27.

Kyle Cermak played clarinet in the All-State Band, Lucus Case played trombone in the All-State Jazz Band, and Tessa Burger and Salina Ferge sang in the All-State Choir.

“I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and perform alongside the best high school musicians in the state,” Lucus Case a senior said of the all-state festival. “It was an honor to represent Oregon High School and to be one of just eleven trombone players selected.”

OHS Band Director, Andy Eckardt praised the students’ efforts.

“How impressive it was to have four students represent Oregon, which is such a small school compared to the competition,” he said.

Aside from the ILMEA festivals, OHS was also represented by students at the Big Northern Conference music festival and the Augustana College Honor Band festival on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

And just this past weekend, Oregon sixth - eighth grade students performed at the Route 72 Solo/Ensemble Festival at Oregon High School, receiving 70 Division I ratings, 42 Division II ratings, and six Division III ratings.

“I was very proud of how well-represented our school district was with 118 events,” DLR Band Director Miles Beske said.

“All of these festivals are annual events for the Oregon music program, making for a very busy winter,” Eckardt said.

Coming up, the high school musicians will be heading to West Carroll High School on March 3 for the IHSA Solo/Ensemble Contest.

The 24th annual Band Extravaganza will be on March 15 at 7 p.m. in Oregon.

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