Ponca City Middle School bands earn top marks at OSSAA contest  

Ponca City Now - March 28, 2018 12:21 pm


The Ponca City Public School district reports that both East and West Middle School Bands have earned top marks at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association District 4 Concert Band Contest held recently at Cushing High School.

Seventh grade Band Director Andrew Orr and eighth grade Band Director Keith Crocker said this contest marked the culmination of months of diligent hard work for the middle school bands.

Many other bands from across the region also attended this event. Each ensemble was evaluated with a State Performance of two prepared pieces of contrasting style. At the conclusion of the State Performance, the students move on to the Sight Reading Room for another process of evaluation like none other.

During the Sight Reading process, the students and director are given a piece of music they have never seen or rehearsed before. The bands then have eight minutes to prepare the music to an outstanding level of quality. During those eight minutes, with the assistance of the director, students may count the rhythms out loud, clap, and air play, but no playing of the music is allowed. At the conclusion of the preparation time, the band then plays through the music for the first time, and is given a rating for their performance.

The West Band performed Majestica by Brian Balmages, and Battlesong by Randall D. Standridge for their prepared pieces. The band earned Superior Ratings from all the judges for their Stage Performance, as well as a Superior Rating in the Sight Reading Room.

With Superior Ratings in both events, the band earned the coveted OSSAA Outstanding Achievement Award, which is the highest honor a middle school band can achieve in the State of Oklahoma.

The East Band performed Pinnacle by Rob Grice, and Chimera by Vince Gassi for their prepared pieces. The band earned one Superior, and two Excellent Ratings for their Stage Performance, as well as an Excellent Rating in the Sight Reading Room.

Orr and Crocker thanked Po-Hi Band Director David Christy for his assistance in preparing the young bands for contest, and his continued support throughout the school year.

They also thanked Dan Larson, Paula Macpherson-Cochran, Katie Rolf, Peggy Maples, and the Instrumental Music Parents Association for their support of the band program. The two also gave special thanks also to the Administration Team, fellow teachers, and parents at West and East Middle School.


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