The Jewell School band placed second in its category at the Oregon School Activities Association championships on Friday.
Director Cory Pederson’s students were just three points behind state champions Lowell in their contest, which combines 2A and 1A divisions. Lowell is a rural school southeast of Eugene.
“We missed the state champions by three points,” said Pederson in an online post to the Jewell School community. “Awesome job, Bluejays. What a great way to end the festival season.”
This year’s competition showed significant success for other North Coast musicians.
Warrenton High School, under Michael McClure, placed second in 3A band and Terry Dahlgren’s students at Seaside High School placed fifth in the 4A contest.