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Middle school bands will play in park

The Thomson-McDuffie Middle School band program, which has met with success recently, is gearing up for its first ever concert and picnic in the park.

On April 15 the bands will perform at 6 p.m. behind the Watson-Brown house in the Monroe-Kimbrel Gardens.

The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands will perform while patrons enjoy barbecue sandwich plates with cole slaw, chips and dessert. Tickets are $6 and must be purchased before Monday.

Tickets may be purchased from a middle school band student or parent, the TMMS front office or the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.

Carry-outs are available to be picked up at Norris Elementary on Main Street from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 15.

The middle school band program under the direction of Trent Henderson has been busy the past several weeks.

On March 17 and 18 students and staff of the TMMS bands along with administrators from Norris Elementary played host to the state-sponsored Large-Group Performance Evaluations.

Almost 30 bands from across the 10th District came and performed three pieces of music for three judges and received ratings on their performances. The bands then performed pieces they had never seen for a rating in sight-reading.

The students of the TMMS Concert Band (seventh grade) and Symphonic Band (eighth grade) were outstanding in their performances.

Superior is a top rated performance; excellent is an outstanding performance with minor flaws; good is a good performance but lacking certain characteristics. Then there are fair and poor.

The TMMS Seventh-Grade Concert Band earned three excellent ratings (overall excellent) for its prepared performance and a superior rating for its sight-reading performance. The TMMS Eigth-Grade Symphonic Band earned two superiors and one excellent rating (overall superior) for its prepared performance and a superior rating in sight-reading. These ratings are consistent with mastery of the state standards for middle school band.

On March 26, seven Sixth-Grade Band students were selected to participate in the 10th District Beginning Honor Band at Grovetown Middle School.

They participated in an all-day clinic during which they learned three new pieces of music and performed them that afternoon for parents and friends.

Their clinician was Travis Downs, a middle school band director from Valdosta, Ga.

Web posted on Thursday, April 07, 2011

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