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LCHS hosts first Concert Festival

Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:19 pm

David Ragsdale

Lincoln County High School will be hosting a Concert Festival on Saturday, March 3, at LCHS.

A Concert Festival is the band equivalent to an academic end-of-course test or state test, said Johnathan Johnson, LCHS band director.

“This is the first year that Lincoln County Schools has hosted a Concert Festival, and this will also be the first year since the early 2000s that Tri-Lakes Band Directors Association will sponsor the event,” Johnson said.

Saturday’s event will consist of eight performances from schools in the surrounding area.

“Each school will perform one or two selections that they have been working on and will spend the remaining time in their slot on stage working with our clinician,” Johnson explained, noting that this year’s clinician is Dr. C. David Ragsdale, director of bands and music department chair at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.

“Each band will be rated based on their performances,” Johnson said. “I would like to emphasize that though this is an adjudicated event, unlike standardized testing we believe that this is an extremely valuable teaching tool that is not only beneficial to the students but also the teacher.

“Many events like this do not give the students and director an opportunity to workshop with the clinician after the performance, rather bands leave with a plaque and some comments written on a sheet of paper,” he added. “I think having a great clinician available and not having the opportunity to discuss and work with them on the spot is a huge missed opportunity, so that is why we are doing it a little differently.”

The eight bands that are slated to perform are as follows: Lincoln County High School, 8 a.m.; Unity School, 8:55 a.m.; Highland Rim School, 9:50 a.m.; Fayetteville Middle School, 10:45 a.m.; South Lincoln School, 11:40 a.m.; South Middle (Franklin County), 1:15 p.m.; North Middle (Franklin County), 2:10 p.m.; and Fayetteville High School, 3:05 p.m.

Performances are open to the public.

“This is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the adjudication and educational side of music,” Johnson said.