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St. Helens band wins league contest

PHOTO COURTESY OF JANAE BATES - Members of the St. Helens High School wind ensemble warm up before competition, Thursday, April 14. The band performed a selection of three pieces at the contest and completed a sight reading portion of competition.The St. Helens High School wind ensemble won the Northwest Oregon Conference 5A League Contest hosted at Sandy High School, Thursday, April 14.

During Thursday’s competition the band was one of nine school performance ensembles to compete for the league title. The band has not won a league championship since the 2010-11 school year, according Noelle Freshner, direction of bands for the St. Helens School District.

The win guarantees the band will have a spot to compete at the state band competition at Oregon State University on May 13.

Prior to Thursday’s contest, the group has performed in a variety of competitive and noncompetitive band festivals, including one held at the high school in early March.