Both the concert and symphonic bands from McDowell High School earned superior ratings at the N.C. Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) in Cullowhee recently.
Each band prepares and performs three pieces for three judges from a state list. After that performance, the band is given a new piece of music in which they have five minutes to talk about it and study it without playing. When the five minutes is complete, the band performs the new piece for a sight-reading judge.
Each judge gives a rating to the band's performance and Superior is the highest rating a band can receive.
The goal of the sanctioned concert band festival provide a performance opportunity for students and directors that offers a critical assessment of the quality of their performances by highly qualified experts in band performance.
Another goal is to encourage participation in the only state-sanctioned event that provides a summative, standards-based assessment, designed to measure student performance as related to the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina standard course of study.
It will also provide the opportunity for students and directors to perform for and learn from their peers in a formal concert venue, and provide a model that connects quality preparation with quality performance and supports the continued musical growth of students and directors.
MHS Symphonic Band
MHS Concert Band