The YHSCB will travel to Hershey Park on Saturday 5/13 to participate in the Music in the Parks regional festival. The students will perform for a panel of college music educators (who will offer feedback and adjudicate our performance), enjoy time in Hershey Park, and attend an awards ceremony where they will receive an award based on their performance rating. What I love about this experience is that it is a music festival, not a competition. We are not being compared to other bands – and therefore do not “win” 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Instead we are graded on a 100-point-scale, and receive a rating of Good, Excellent, or Superior, based on how many points we score for the musical things we do well. The judges provide written and recorded feedback of what we did well, and how we can continue to improve.
To help us prepare for our festival, Concert Band students will perform a video assessment of their festival music. The assessments will take place during their lesson the week of 4/24.
If any YHSWE Seniors are interested in attending the Hershey trip to cheer on our Concert Band (and help with equipment!), please e-mail Ms. Kluga ASAP. The amount of seniors attending will determine the cost.