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FHS band earns ‘superior’, ‘excellent’ in assessment

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Fayetteville High School Band ranked “superior” and “excellent” during a concert performance assessment.

On Friday, March 7, the Fayetteville High School Band participated in the 2014 Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Concert Performance Assessment held at White House Heritage High School. The annual Concert Performance Assessment offers a unique opportunity for bands to perform at a very high level and to be judged alongside other high school bands – big and small.

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This is the first year the Fayetteville High School Band has participated.

Since January, the FHS Band worked to prepare two pieces of music, “Toccata for Band,” by Frank Erickson, and “Scramble,” by Todd Stalter. In addition to the performance of prepared pieces, the Concert Performance Assessment includes a sight-reading evaluation. During the event, each band was given a piece of music to perform with only six minutes of preparation time.

Judges evaluated the band’s performances and a host of technical areas, and bands were assessed on performances of their prepared pieces and the sight-reading exercise. Possible ratings ranged from one (Superior), two (Excellent), three (Average), four (Fair) to five (Poor).

The FHS band was rated a two (Excellent) for its performance of the two prepared pieces, and the band received a rating of one (Superior) for its sight-reading performance.

“The students worked hard to prepare, and they gave a great performance at the event,” said David Powelson, FHS Band director. “I could not be more proud of them. They are a wonderful group of fine young musicians.”

Powelson also thanked MTSU professor, Dr. Tonya Lawson, U.S. Army Band tubist Alan Schmiedl and former Fayetteville City Schools band director Glen Belcher for their assistance in the weeks leading up to the event.