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South Kitsap High School music program wins $10,000 in Schools of the Rock Battle of the Bands

South Kitsap High School has won the fifth annual Schools of The Rock Battle of the Bands competition, sponsored by The Rock Wood Fired Pizza restaurant. The school’s music program won the $10,000 prize in the competition that pitted 28 high school marching bands from across Washington and the Portland, Ore. area against each other with online video recordings of rock hits.

The 10 schools with the most text votes were judged by a panel of celebrity judges, including Andy McKeag from The Presidents of the United States of America; Brad McDavid, band leader at the University of Washington;

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Northwest Carvers’ 31st annual show and sale this weekend in Puyallup includes hand-carved flutes by Richard Mazza

Carver Richard Mazza. Courtesy photo.

Like wood? The Northwest Carvers’ Association’s 31st Show and Sale is on this weekend at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, and features wood and bone carving from around the region.

Carvers compete at six skill levels for awards, and the juried gallery includes intarsia, marquetry, woodburning, woodturning, found wood, fretwork, scroll saw pieces and woodworking, as well as chainsaw carving. There are also free demos, raffles, auction, awards and supplies sales.

While this year’s featured artist is Bob Harkness, one of the more interesting carvers showing work is Richard Mazza, of Puyallup. a member of the Washington Flute Circle who has just finished hand-carving his 82nd wooden flute, Mazza got started in musical woodwork when he hand-carved a set of wooden zills (hand cymbals) for Seattle belly dance professional ?? If you’re thinking that these little cymbals aren’t usually made of wood, you’d be right. But, say Mazza’s colleagues in the carvers’ association, they were so well received that he started to get orders for them.

The Northwest Carvers’ 31st Show and Sale is on 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13. $7/free for under-12. Western Washington Fairgrounds, 9th Street and Meridian Avenue, Puyallup. 253-833-4626, www.woodcarvers.org Read more »


“Pictures at an Exhibition” and more from Northwest Sinfonietta at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Tacoma’s Rialto Theater and Puyallup’s Pioneer Pavilion

If you know Mussorgsky, Debussy or Gershwin, you’d normally think of their music as piano pieces, or the big orchestral versions with clanging bells, blasting brass and more. But for its concerts this weekend in Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup, the Northwest Sinfonietta will play chamber-orchestra arrangements of all three composers: 20th-century masterpieces with an unusual twist.

Arrangers don’t normally get star treatment – these hard-working folk who take someone else’s music and score it for a completely different set of instruments are billed underneath the composer, and often ignored. But each piece in the Sinfonietta’s upcoming concert relies on

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