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Horton Concert Band performs at NC Central District Music Performance Adjudication

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011

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Graham, NC - On Tuesday, March 15, the Horton Middle School Concert Band performed onstage for a panel of judges at the NC Central District Music Performance Adjudication at Graham High School in Graham.

This is a yearly event in which bands from all over the region perform for judges in order to receive a rating. Bands are required to perform three pieces onstage: a march and two concert pieces selected from a pre-approved list organized by difficulty (I-VI, easiest to most difficult). Three judges assigned a rating to the performance (I - Superior, II - Excellent, III - Average, IV - Below Average, or V - Poor). After completing the stage performance, each band met with one judge and performed a sightreading piece. Bands had approximately five minutes to look through a piece of music they had never seen before and then play it as a polished performance. The four judges' scores were averaged together to give an overall rating.

The Horton Concert Band performed a Grade Level II program in accordance with the grade and ability level of the students participating. The ensemble was comprised of forty-three students, twenty eighth grade students and twenty seventh grade students. The Concert Band received three II's on stage and a I in sightreading. The combined scores average to a II overall, giving the band a rating of Excellent.

"These students have put in an extraordinary amount of time on their music, having had all three pieces since January. They also met before school twice a week for six weeks leading up to the event in order to prepare. Considering how we sounded three weeks beforehand and how we sounded the day of, I couldn't be happier with the progress we made. We took a more difficult program this year and came away with better overall ratings. Horton's band program is definitely headed in the right direction. I couldn't be more proud of my students," said band director Casey Spillman.

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