Cape Henlopen High School music students drew high scores in recent competitions and earned a chance to see the nation's capital celebrate inauguration.
The Cape Henlopen Chorale performed Jan. 17 at the Heritage Inaugural Festival and won second place in its category. The group sang three songs "Bells of Christmas," "You make me feel so young," and "The Lord bless you and keep you."
Daniel Iammatteo, who sang a solo in "You Make Me Feel So Young," was the only soloist in the competition to win an award.
Judging was based on tone, balance, blend, diction, interpretation, rhythm, intonation, appearance, general effect and choice of music.
The Cape band also performed during the festival. Musicians in the jazz ensemble, concert band and parade band received “excellent” silver ratings and placed second of three ensembles in each category, said band director Robert Barbarita. Cape senior Avery Mallon received an adjudicator’s recommendation award for his drum set solos in the jazz ensemble performance.
Both band and choral students stayed in Washington, D.C., until Jan. 21 to participate in inauguration festivities.
Cape band students recently earned honors for all state and all county band. All State Band honors went to Ben Wiswell on bass clarinet; Kathleen Wright on clarinet; Tom Wiswell on mallet percussion; and Neal Brinton on tuba. Tom and Avery Mallon also made All-State Jazz Ensemble; Tom on baritone saxophone and Avery on trombone.
In conjunction with All-State, Cape Students also prepared an audition for the Senior and Junior Honors County Band. This year, 22 students earned county band honors. Many of these students also scored the highest on their auditions and earned a first chair responsibility within the ensemble, Barbarita said.
"This year, Cape students make up for 24 percent of this years senior honors county band," he said.
County band winners are Madison Long, first chair flute, senior band; Rebecca Gerhard, flute, senior band; Katelyn Gebbia, flute, senior band; Kathleen Wright, first chair clarinet, senior band; Ben Wiswell, first chair bass clarinet, senior band; Tom Wiswell, first chair alto sax, senior band; Brooks Emery, alto sax,senior band; Dorothy Carroll, tenor sax, senior band; Haley Will, trumpet II, senior band; Anthony Pittari, trumpet III, senior band; Danny Myers, alto sax, senior band; Avery Mallon, first chair trombone, senior band; Paynter Buckingham, trombone II, senior band; Joel Tylecki, trombone III, senior band; Neal Brinton, first chair tuba, senior band; Kearney Mallon, tuba, senior band; Kelsey Buckingham, first chair string bass, senior band; Leah Manfra, clarinet, junior band; Morgan Hurlock, first chair tenor sax, junior band; Evan Mallon, trumpet I, junior band; Ryan Gallagher, first chair baritone, junior band; Andrea Brozka, percussion, junior band.