Band students in Lincoln County schools recently participated in the Music in the Parks Festival in Atlanta, Ga.
Students left early Friday morning and visited the Georgia Aquarium, then traveled to Douglas County High School and performed for adjudication. The high school band took a 26-member ensemble, and the K-8 schools joined efforts by bringing students in a combined Lincoln County 6-8 grade ensemble.
The high school performed two pieces they performed at the Tri-Lakes Band Directors Association Concert Festival, Alamo March by Karl King and Majestia by James Swearingen. The middle school ensemble performed two pieces, as well, Medowlawn March and Ritual Dance.
The following day, students enjoyed the morning and afternoon at Six Flags Over Georgia and attended the Music in The Parks Awards Ceremony that evening. Over 20 ensembles from across the southern United States were also in attendance at this competition.
The middle school combined band placed fourth and received the highest rating of Superior. The high school band placed first and also received a rating of Superior.
Directors of schools represented in the middle school ensemble were Ottie West of Blanche, Mike Mynatt of South Lincoln, Lorie Enloe of Highland Rim and Elyssa Clayton of Unity. The high school band director is Johnathan Johnson.
The ensemble represented a cooperative effort by each of the band directors involved.
“I am excited about next year as the high school band will be nearly 100 members in size and will be the largest it has been since 2003,” Johnson said. “This is in a large part because of the collective efforts of the teachers and directors in our district.
“We still have a long way to go but need community support to keep the momentum moving forward,” he added.
“It has been a great three years here at LCHS, and I am incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication the students and parents displayed over the past few days. They came in focused and ready to compete and walked away number one.
“I am looking forward to seeing this group develop over the coming years and will be excited to see what new adventures we can go on.”