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All-Virginia Band

Three Mathews High School students—Aiden Sowers, Bradyn Barr and Luke Lewis, from left—have qualified for All-Virginia Band, and will represent MHS at the All-Virginia Concert in Richmond on April. Lewis qualified for all-state band auditions by placing in the top tier of the District VIII All-District Band in January. Sowers and Barr both made it by qualifying for the South East Senior Regional Orchestra in September. All three placed in the All-Virginia Band and Orchestra Auditions, held last week. Barr, who plays the tuba, placed third overall and was selected second chair symphonic band. Lewis, clarinetist, was 27th place overall and fourth chair in concert band. And Sowers, harpist, placed third overall and was named first chair symphonic band. MHS band director Mark Givens said that his research has shown that 1989 was the last time a Mathews student made All-Virginia Band or Orchestra.

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