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St. Clare Walker band has an excellent year

Sixth grade concert set for May 7

St. Clare Walker Middle School Band students have been actively involved in musical events throughout the school year.

The following Seahawk Band members were selected to represent the band in the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula Area Honor Band: Lilly Crown, trombone; Amy Damron, clarinet; Givonnie Reed, clarinet; and Thomas Fisher, percussion. Gray Dickerson was named alternate for the percussion section.

Nathan Damron (percussion) was selected to represent the band in the District 15 Middle School Honor Band. Students are selected to participate in honor bands based upon an audition process consisting of scales, prepared music, and sight reading material.

Thomas Fisher and Kaleb Wake participated in the middle school music composition section of the Great Computer Challenge held at Old Dominion University. Schools send teams of students to solve challenges using computer software specific to that challenge. With the music composition team, the students used the music software “Finale” to solve their challenge. The team received first place with its music composition.

The concert band received an invitation to perform in the Music Showcase Festival in Williamsburg this past weekend. In this festival, bands from the East Coast perform for adjudication and placement for trophies based upon the strength of their performance. The concert band earned a rating of excellent and placed second in competition. Judges have the option of awarding section trophies to outstanding instrumental sections from among the competing bands. St. Clare Walker received the outstanding section award for percussion.

The sixth grade band and concert band will give their final performance of this school year on Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the St. Clare Walker Middle School auditorium. The bands are doing an animal shelter supply drive for the Middlesex County Animal Shelter. The public is asked to bring an item to the concert for the shelter, such as dry food, old towels, old blankets, laundry detergent, bleach, old animal crates, toys, collars and leashes. 

Anyone wishing to support the Middlesex County Animal Shelter may bring items to Mrs. Guill at St. Clare Walker the week of May 4-8. 

posted 04.30.2009

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