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Mira Costa Band Students Win Local, National Honors

Feb 07, 2023 11:49AM ● By Mb News Staff
Mira Costa High School band students have won a variety of local and national honors in recent weeks.

Honor Band of America

Mira Costa Band junior Gordon Whitlow was named to  the 2023 Honor Band of America. Gordon, a junior who plays tuba in the Wind Symphony Ensemble, was selected out of hundreds of applicants to be part of this selective ensemble.

He will be traveling to Indianapolis at the end of March to perform at the 2023 Music for All National Festival.

Since its inception in 1992, the Honor Band of America has earned a national reputation as one of the nation’s finest student concert honor bands.

National YoungArts Foundation

Mira Costa Band junior Cosmo Lieberman was selected as an Alto finalist in Jazz Saxophone for the National YoungArts Foundation awards. He joined 720 artists from across the country who were honored for their excellence in visual, literary, and performing arts. Selected through the organization’s prestigious competition, YoungArts award winners, all 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12, are chosen for the caliber of their artistic achievement by discipline-specific panels of artists through a blind adjudication process.

Lieberman participated in National YoungArts Week in January 2023 with in-person classes, workshops, and mentorship from leading artists. He is now eligible to be nominated to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the highest honors given to high school seniors.

Rotary Solo Competition

Earlier this week, at the 14th Annual Rotary Solo Competition (co-sponsored by the Manhattan Beach Rotary), the following band and orchestra students were honored:

Logan Elliott on bassoon at the Rotary Solo competition
9th/10th Grade Winds:

1st place: Logan Elliott, Bassoon
2nd place: Scarlet Peterman, Oboe
3rd place: Logan Kwon, Clarinet

11th/12th Grade Winds:

1st place: Kent Ikuda, Clarinet
2nd place: Josie Kennedy, Marimba
3rd place: Morgan Griffiths, Clarinet

9th/10th Grade Strings:

1st place: Denali Xia, Cello
2nd place: Madelyn Fu, Viola
3rd place: McKinley Xia, Violin

11th/12th Grade Strings: 

1st place: Joseph Hiatt, Violin
2nd place: Joylynn Lee, Harp
3rd place: Ty Lockwood, Cello

PTA Reflections Contest

Mira Costa Band sophomore Christian Camacho was a winner of the local PTA Reflections contest in the Music Composition category for Dionaea Muscipula (Solo for Vibraphone). (Dionaea Muscipula is the scientific name for the Venus flytrap.) He now advances to the regional competition.

MBCC Student of the Month

And last but not least, Mira Costa Band sophomore Eva Asiddao was recognized as a Student of the Month by the Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council last month.

MCHS Band Director Joel Carlson described her an "excellent, tenacious, and gifted" artist and musician who was "hard-working and inspirational" to her peers.

The GRAMMY® award winning Mira Costa Bands are part of the comprehensive music department at Mira Costa High School. The band groups and ensembles have been hailed by professional critics and adjudicators alike for their performances of advanced high school, collegiate and professional-level music in concerts, festivals and competitions across the country.

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