Blaine high school sophomore Tim Schrader, c., came in third place at the WIAA/WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest for a solo tuba performance last weekend. Band director Bob Gray, l., said Schrader competed with the top 22 tuba players in the state and it was his first state competition to date. “He is very serious about playing the tuba,” Gray said. “I’m really proud of him.” Nan Meaker, r., accompanied Schrader on piano during performances. Photo by Debbie Esposito.