CORVALLIS - The Seaside High School Symphonic Band captured second place at the Oregon State Band Finals in Corvallis May 9.

This was the seventh appearance in a row for the band as the Cowapa League winner and the second year in a row that the band placed second at State.

"The kids were spectacular,” said Dr. Sheila Roley, Seaside High School principal. “We have a truly exceptional band director who is a gifted teacher. We have committed kids and a school district and school board that have never waivered from the arts and a community that supports the arts.”

Band Director Terry Dahlgren said the key to the students success was their team work.

"We get seven minutes to work on the piece that is selected," he said. "But the students can't play it during that seven minutes. We can talk about it. We can clap our way through it. We can sing our way through it, but at the end of that seven minutes we are pretty much done and we have to play it."

Dahlgren said watching his students work through the process was fun to see.

"Because they are all helping each other to get through the process as successfully as they possibility can," he said.

Warrenton High School captured second in the 3A competiton.

Here are the results from the OSAA:

4A Band Division

1st - Douglas High School, Directed by Bob Carwithen - 297 points

2nd - Seaside High School, Directed by Terry Dahlgren - 290 points

3rd - Klamath Union High School, Directed by Drew Langley - 282 points

4th - Gladstone High School, Directed by David Kays - 277 points

3A Band Division

1st - Corbett High School, Directed by Tim Killgore - 273 points

2nd - Warrenton High School, Directed by Michael McClure - 268 points

3rd - Pleasant Hill High School, Directed by Jonathan Light - 264 points

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