Lowell Music Again Finishes “Tops” in the State (2A/1A)
The amazing musicians of Lowell High School have pulled off yet another impressive feat! Even with COVID-19 providing countless new obstacles, the LHS Band and Choir found ways to play and sing and even “compete” with schools from across Oregon. While traditional in-person State Championships were not possible this year, OSAA was able to administer a “Culminating Event” for bands and choirs who submitted a video of live performance for adjudication. The LHS Band received a rare Superior rating — the highest possible scoring level — and was one of only 16 schools from around the state to do so (all classifications). Not to be outdone, the LHS Choir was one of only 17 groups in Oregon (all classifications) to also score their own Superior rating. Most impressively, Lowell was the only 2A/1A school in Oregon (public or private) to achieve these high marks in both categories!
“I am so proud of these kids,” says Music Director Paul Burch. “It’s been such a difficult year, and without our usual routines and opportunities, motivation has been a struggle. But, they really stuck with it and showed some never-give-up resolve! Our future is bright, and I can’t wait to see what they’re capable of next.”
Please enjoy their video performances at the links below. Note: yes, the Choir recorded their performance in the LHS boys’ locker room (!) — this was the only space we could find that provided adequate resonance to counter the effects of masking and social distancing on singing (we definitely won’t forget it!).