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WHS Band scores Superior at Festival

Weddington High School Concert Band

The Weddington concert band traveled to North Lincoln High School to participate in an event called MPA, Music Performance Adjudication. MPA festival gives bands an opportunity to get feedback from college music professors and other colleagues, and use these comments to further their future performances. MPA’s purpose is not to measure the skill level of individual musicians. It is to measure the growth of an ensemble and their ability to play together.

Preparing for MPA means months of rehearsing the same music in class, perfecting and fine tuning all the little details that turn dots on a page into music. The students also undertake hours of practice at home to prepare. Although it may seem tedious, the process furthers the music education of the students and pushes them to be the best that they can be.

The concert band performed the pieces of music. The three pieces were Men of Ohio by Henry Fillmore arranged by Loras Schissel, Into the Joy of Spring by James Swearingen, and Where the Black Hawk Soars by Robert W. Smith. In addition the band had to sight read a piece of music. This is a process where the band was given a piece they had never seen before and had 5 minutes to look it over then play it for a judge.

The Weddington Band received an overall rating of 1, which is a Superior, for their performance. A Superior is the highest overall rating possible, and it was definitely earned. Band Director, Mr. Owens, says he couldn't’t have asked his students to perform any better than they did but acknowledges that there is always room to grow and become better musicians.

Written by: Robert Owens, Director of Bands
Posted: Apr 07, 2011 by Cheryl Edwards

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