Approximately 164 students in the Thomson High Band program traveled to Waynesboro last week to participate in the District 10 Georgia Music Educators Performance Evaluation from March 15-17.
Schools from all over the CSRA took part in the three-day competition at the James D. Smith auditorium on the campus of Burke County High School. Thomson High was represented by two different groups on Thursday, March 16.
The Thomson High School band performs during the competition last week.
THS Band Director Emme Hines took 110 members of the Concert Band to the morning session on March 16. The students performed three selections that included "Rodetzky March," "Denbridge Way," and "Pueblo."
The Concert Band received an Overall Excellent rating for its performance of these selections.
"All the members of the Concert Band did a pretty good job in their performance," Jessie Morlan, Director of the THS Band Programs. "However, there is room for improvement, and we will be working on these areas."
In the afternoon session, Mr. Morlan took 54 students of the Symphonic Band to the evaluation. Like the earlier group, these band members performed three selections that included "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March," "Emperata Overture" and "Finale from the World Symphony."
Following some strict judging, the THS Symphonic Band received an Overall Excellent rating for their performance.
"The Symphonic Band did a very fine job on Thursday afternoon. They performed college music and did an exceptional performance," Mr. Morlan said. "The judging panel at this performance was very strict and tough. The judges posted a lot of good and poor marks to other schools. It was an outstanding accomplishment to receive the scores that we made.
"Our students did everything I asked in reaching the expectations and goals we laid out for them. The music was very tough, and the judging was tough."