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Northwood band rates superior at festival

Posted Monday, March 20, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - The thirty-nine members of the Northwood High School Wind Ensemble participated in the NC Central District Bandmasters Association High School Band Festival on March 13. The event was held at the Asheboro High School Performing Arts. The Northwood ensemble received a superior rating from all four judges at the festival. Superior is the highest rating in music festivals.

The band performed a march, In Storm and Sunshine (by J. C. Heed, arr. by J. Bourgeois) and two selections from the NC Bandmasters Festival List, Chant and Jubilo (by F..McBeth) and Exaltation (by J. Swearingen). The list is graded from easiest at grade I to most difficult at grade VI. Northwood performed grade IV and V music. The second portion of the competition was a sight-reading exercise, presenting an entire piece for a judge with only a 5-minute preparation period.

Assistant Principal Amy Salter, who chaperoned the students to Asheboro, praised their precision, confidence, and poise as well as their dynamic performance saying, “They were as strong as any musicians we saw this afternoon.”

“I couldn't be more proud of this group of students. They truly make music when they play and even though they are a young group they play with such maturity. The work that they do every day in class and at home on their own is exemplary. It is my honor and pleasure to work with such wonderful student musicians,” said Eugene Cottrell, Director of Bands.

Mr. Cottrell noted that the central district is the largest district in the state and also the most difficult to receive the coveted superior rating.

“Any concert ensemble that can garner a superior rating in this district festival is being taught to the highest standards and is truly a fine ensemble,” he said.

The Festival performance is part of a stellar year for the Northwood Music Program. Last November, at the final marching competition of the year, the Marching Band took first place in every category of their division.

The Wind Ensemble now turns its attention to the Annual Memorial Day Concert, scheduled for Thursday, May 25, in the Northwood auditorium. Please contact Mr. Cottrell at Northwood or any concert band member to pick up a ticket. Also, preliminary preparations are underway for the Marching Band's trip to New York City in October.

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