In preparation of their Music Performance Assessment Concert in March, the symphonic bands from Lake Wales High School, Frostproof Middle School and High School, McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy and Edward W. Bok Academy gave individual performances at a public concert on Feb. 25 in the First Baptist Church in Lake Wales.
Organized by Kenneth C. Evans, LWHS band director, the event had a three-fold purpose.
“My reason for inviting the bands to perform was to prepare students for the Music Performance Assessment to get on stage and have judges critique their performances. We want them to do well and this will get them used to judges. Other reasons for the concert is as a recruitment activity to garner support for the band in the communities in the middle schools. I called and invited them and it is important to the middle schools and the LWHS for all to see what we do. The third reason is to build music advocacy in the community. I want to share them to show this is what we do and that we have a well-rounded music program.
“This kind of program can build support in the community when parents see the performances and can encourage students into the program next year,” Evans said.
Proud of his particular students, Evans named six superior awards gleaned by his students of Music Performance Assessment at an event Feb. 15. With a mix of solo and ensembles they also brought back to LWHS seven excellent ratings, and one good. The superior is the highest award given.
Each band also was given a 10-minute educational clinic after each performance by guest clinicians, Dr. Patrick Bennett, Warner University director of bands; Rob Raabe, retired and former band director at McLaughlin; and Jimmy Parker, retired band director from Lakeland and Lake Wales.
“It is good for the middle school bands to hear the high school bands perform because the Lake Wales High School and Frostproof are two of the high schools where McLaughlin students can flow into,” said Madalyn Hilliard, fine arts coordinator at McLaughlin School.
“It is always good for the students to hear a high school band and to see what kinds of things they do. This also gives them a chance to play and have judges help them. Hopefully we will be better.”
These are the selections the bands played: Edward Bok Academy Advanced Band, Tim Cain, director;
“Fidelity March,” King/Glover; “Shepherd’s Hey,” Balent; “In Honor of the Fallen,” Milner; McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy Symphonic Band, Qiana Lamb, director, “Sea Song Fantasy,” McGinty; “Silvergate Overture,” Edmondson; Frostproof Middle/Senior High School Symphonic Band, Alex Belliveau, director,
“Liberty Fleet March,” K.L. King; “Air for Band,” Erickson, and “Tudor Suite,” Vinson; Lake Wales High School Symphonic Band, Kenneth C. Evans, director, “March on an Irish Air,” Smith; “Yorkshire Ballad,” Chance and “Within These Castle Walls,” Balmages.