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Three Cadets Named to State Music Festival Lineup

The results are in from last week’s District Music Festival at Mexico High School and three Missouri Military Academy cadets will compete for a state title in their specialty.  Chad Cardott ’14, Daniel Diaz ’13, and John O’Leary ’13 are slated to perform for a title at the University of Missouri April 25.

Cardott will compete in the trombone competition, Diaz in the clarinet competition, and O’Leary will be offering his piano performance for the judges’ consideration.  All three received the highest rating, ‘1’ (superior), for their performances in the district festival.  Those competitors with superior ratings move on to the state contest.

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Pictured (L to R): MAJ Mike Shoemaker, O’Leary, Diaz, Cardott, CPT Josh Yancey

“All of our cadets put in an extraordinary amount of extra time honing their skills to perfect their respective solos and ensembles,” Band Director CPT Josh Yancey said.  “[MAJ Shoemaker] and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Additional cadets were recognized for their performance in the district competition.  Six cadets, and MMA’s brass quintet, received ‘2’ ratings (excellent).  Two others, and the saxophone quartet, were awarded ‘3’ (good) ratings.

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Front row (L to R, category/rating): Shoemaker, Jacob Phillips (vocal, 2), O’Leary (piano, 1), Dallas Lopez (vocal, 3), Cody Olson (brass quintet, 2), Rick Massey-Scott (vocal, 2), Jacob Conyers (saxophone quarter, 3), Yun Il Jeon (tenor sax, 2), Gavin Hendee (trombone, 2), Yancey. Second row (L to R): Blake Bibles (saxophone quarter, 3), Daniel Diaz (clarinet, 1), Kotaro Kasamatsu (vocal, 2), Chad Cardott (trombone, 1), John Dillon (brass quintet, 2), Tony Vaughan (brass quintet, 2), Austin Teague (tuba, 2)