The Colquitt County Bands participated recently in the Large Group Performance Evaluation at Cairo High School. All returned with ratings of “Excellent” or “Superior.”
The festival program sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association is an evaluation procedure of musical performance and sight-reading abilities for performance groups and teachers. Recognized authorities in the field of music education critique the participation of each school music group and render their written opinions in terms of:
• A standard rating of excellence in performance and sight-reading.
• Comments and suggestions for improvement.
• Suggestions to the individual teacher to aid in personal teaching and/or conducting techniques in the belief that musical performance is the most crucial of learning situations in our subject area, that the proper evaluation of these situations is of inestimable value to the individual school and its music education program, and that the preparation for LGPE performance provides added incentives and stimuli to the teaching and learning of music in schools.
The following ratings are awarded by each of three adjudicators in GMEA performance evaluations:
• Superior (1): Outstanding performance. Worthy of distinction of being recognized as among the very best.
• Excellent (2): Unusually good performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects. A performance of distinctive quality.
• Good (3): A good performance, but not one that is outstanding. Shows accomplishment and marked promise, but lacks one or more essential qualities.
• Fair (4): A performance that shows some obvious weaknesses, generally weak and uncertain.
• Poor (5): A performance which reveals much room for improvement. The students reveal almost a complete lack of preparedness and understanding.
For the stage performance, each band plays three musical selections, two of which must be chosen from a required list that is divided into levels I through VI based on difficulty with Level VI being the most advanced. Following the stage performance, the group then moves on to the sight-reading room to study and perform a piece of music which the group has never played before.
The W.J. Williams Middle School Seventh Grade Band, under the direction of Dan Newberry, entered the festival playing level II musical selections: “Festival Fanfare” by Kinyon, “Quiet Rain” by Cummings, and “VooDoo Dance” by DelBorgo. One of the stage judges, Julian White, from Tallahassee, commented that the Williams Band was a very fundamentally sound band. The band was rated “Excellent” for both their stage performance and in sight-reading.
The C.A. Gray Junior High Band, under the direction of Jennifer Phillips, entered the festival playing Level III musical selections: “Activity March,” by Bennett, “Cumberland Cross” by Strommen, and “Praises” by McBeth. The band was rated “Superior” for both their stage performance and in sight-reading.
The CCHS Concert Band, under the direction of Ted Phillips, entered the festival playing Level III musical selections: “Coast Guard March,” “Aventura” by Swearingen, and “Fanfare for the Third Planet” by Saucedo. The band was rated “Excellent” for both their stage performance and in sight-reading.
The CCHS Symphonic Band, under the direction of Ted Phillips, entered the festival playing musical selections: “Chicago Tribune” by Chambers, “Havendance” by Holsinger (Level V), and “The Inferno” (Level VI) by Smith. The band was rated “Superior” for both their stage performance and in sight-reading.
Both the Williams Band and Gray Band will be featured in a spring concert Thursday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Withers Auditorium. The CCHS Bands along with the CCHS Jazz Band, Drumline, and 50th Regiment will present the annual PRISM Concert May 4 at 7 p.m. at Withers Auditorium.