The Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade received high marks at the Georgia Music Educator Association's District 10 Band Festival in Burke County last Thursday night.
The Concert Band and the Symphonic Band both got high ratings for their performances that took place in front of four judges as well as an audience. THS Band Director Jesse Morlan was very happy with the results.
"Both groups did extremely well, and we are very proud of the students for their hard work and dedication," he said.
Mr. Morlan directed the Symphonic Band during its portion of the competition. Its performance consisted of a level V/VI program and received a Superior rating from the floor judges as well as the sight reading judge.
Mr. Morlan said level V/VI programs are consideredİthe hardest levels of band literature. He added that most colleges and universitiesİplay on this level.
The Symphonic Band's selections were "The Klaxon March" by Henry Fillmore, "American Overture" by Joseph Willcox Jenkins and "God of Our Fathers" by Claude T. Smith
Under the direction of Emme Hines, the Concert Band performed a level III/IV program and received an Excellent rating from the three floor judges and a Superior rating from the sight reading judge.
According to Mr. Morlan, level III/IV programs are very common for high schools around the state and consist of staple band material that is appropriate for that level of band student.
The Concert Band played "Hosts of Freedom March" by Karl L. King, "Marching Song" by Gustav Holst, arranged by John Moss and "To Challenge the Sky and Heavens Above" by Robert W. Smith.
The rating scale for this and other band competitions is broken into four categories.
Superior (I) is the highest honor given at a festival and describes the best of performances with little or no mistakes present.
Excellent (II) is the second highest and is given to performances that are very good with minor mistakes. Excellent performances are among the best but not quite worthy of a Superior Rating.
Average performances with minor problems that are obvious receive a Good (III) rating, and performances with many problems receive a Fair (IV) rating.