Middlesex school band programs earn excellent and superior ratings
|The St. Clare Walker Eighth Grade Band (above) performed for a performance assessment at St. Clare Walker Middle School and received a superior rating.|
Instrumental music students at Middlesex High School and St. Clare Walker Middle School performed for the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Standards of Learning performance assessment held at King George High School in March.
The MHS Symphonic Band, under the direction of Rob Specketer, and the St. Clare Walker Seventh Grade Band, under the direction of Daphne Guill, received excellent ratings.
The St. Clare Walker Eighth Grade Band received a superior rating on its performance assessment held at St. Clare Walker Middle School.
In addition to group performances, both instrumental programs have students involved in state and local honor bands. In January, Middlesex High clarinet players Amy Damron and Emily Sheppard, along with St. Clare Walker flute player Bryana Rios, were selected to participate in the 17th Annual Virginia Tech Honor Band.
Sheppard and Rios also were selected to the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association District 15 Honor Bands.
The following students were selected to perform in the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula Area Honor Band: Nicole Barnhardt, Emma Barnhardt, Damron, Nick Morris, Sheppard, and Gabrielle Taylor from Middlesex High; and Rios and Zakara Blanding from St. Clare Walker.
St. Clare Walker computer music composition teams recently competed in the Great Computer Challenge sponsored by WHRO. Autumn McMeechan and Zakara Blanding placed first, and Macy Taylor and Sydney Funk placed third.
The St. Clare Walker Festival Band, comprised of students from the seventh and eighth grade bands, recently competed in the Music Showcase Festival in Williamsburg. Music ensembles from North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia performed for adjudication and competition. St. Clare Walker placed first in its division with a rating of excellent.