BHS band receives superior ratings in all areas at Ga. Bandmasters Association State Concert Band Festival

Published 5:05 pm Friday, March 16, 2018

The Bainbridge High School bands received Superior Ratings in all captions during the Georgia Bandmasters Association State Concert Band Festival.  The festival was held at the Kirbo Center at Bainbridge College on March 1-2.

The Georgia Bandmasters Concert Band Festival is an evaluation procedure of musical performance abilities for performing bands and directors. Preparing for festival allows the opportunity and motivation for learning music during an extended period of time prior to the event as a part of regularly scheduled school work.

There were 30 bands in attendance this year from throughout the South Georgia area. The festival has grown in attendance state wide and offers a musical evaluation process for both middle school and high school bands and their directors.

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The Concert band, under the direction of James Sewell, received high praises from the adjudicators on their musical performance.

The BHS Symphonic band, under the direction of Paschal Ward, performed literature of high demand.  All of the judges were very complimentary of this bands performance. Some of the comments made by the judges were, “What an outstanding musical performance” “Great job, great students and great teaching here in the Decatur County Band Program.” This year marks the 33rd year of Superior Ratings for Mr. Ward’s bands here in Decatur County.

The Hutto Middle School 6th Grade Band received Superior Ratings from all of the judges. The band is under the direction of Miss Jessica Light. All of the judges were very complementary of this band made up of only 2nd year band students.

The Bainbridge Middle School Bands, both 7th and 8th grade levels, under the direction of James Sewell, also received Superior Ratings.  Judges were very impressed with the quality of those bands. The panel of judges included, Mr. Steve McLendon past president of the Alabama Band Masters Association, Mr. David Moore from Valdosta, Georgia and Mr. Randall Key from Hartselle, Alabama. These judges represented a total of over 100 years of adjudication.

Mr. Ward stated, “We directors are all very pleased with the progress our students continue to make.  Without the continued support of our community, parents and administration our programs would not continue to benefit our students in their continued efforts towards individual and group growth.”