Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Schools

November 26, 2011

School musicians recognized for ability

GLASGOW — Young musicians from the area can be proud of their performances after a large majority of them returned home with honors from a recent competition.

Two local school districts had approximately 100 students named to the 2011-12 Kentucky Music Educators Association’s (KMEA) All-District Band for the Third District in November.

Barren County and Glasgow Independent school systems sent about 140 musicians in grades 7 through 12 to Bowling Green on Nov. 12 and 19 to audition for the KMEA Third District Honors Band. Students from more than 50 schools in the district auditioned for positions in the prestigious group.

Each student was required to play two prepared pieces as well as sight read and demonstrate basic fundamentals on their respective instruments, according to Barren County band director Dr. Kip Crowder.

Barren County sent approximately 60 students to the auditions. Forty were named to the KMEA All-District bands.

“We took several first chair positions and are proud that we are among three schools (including Glasgow and Muhlenberg County) that place hold a vast majority of the actual positions in the AD bands,” Crowder said.

About 80 students from Glasgow Middle and High schools attended the district competition and more than 60 were recognized for their auditions during the previous two weekends, according to Corey Bonds, Glasgow’s band director.

“These students were selected on account of their high level of musicianship and technical abilities and they continue to work hard to achieve to their personal highest level,” Bonds said.

The first round of All-State auditions for high school juniors and seniors were also conducted on Nov. 12.  

Next on the schedule is the second round of auditions for All-State Band and All-State Orchestra winds and percussion, which will be Dec. 10, according to theā€ˆKMEA website.

“Approximately 15 of our students were recommended to try out for All-State on Dec. 10,” Crowder said.

Those high school students who were recommended for second round All-State auditions will travel to John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown on Dec. 10 to try for the All-State Band and Orchestra, according to Bonds. There is no All-State competition for middle school students.

All-State Band and All-State Orchestra will be in conjunction with the KMEA Conference in Louisville on Feb. 8 through 11.

“I expect to have five students, give or take, make the ensembles this year from GHS,” Bonds said.  

Students who win places in the All-District and All-State bands not only receive bragging rights for their accomplishments, but can be rewarded monetarily if they choose to continue in music after high school.

“Many times, students are able to receive full scholarships to many excellent colleges and universities to major in music and play their instrument in the bands,” Bonds said. “Most colleges even offer partial scholarships to students who just want to play in the band and not necessarily major in music.”

Both band directors praised their students who put in the additional time and effort to participate in the auditions.

“All students are equally congratulated for their efforts and extra time put forth to improve their musicianship. Simply going through the audition process takes courage,” Bonds said.

“I am very proud of all students who had the courage to audition,” echoed Crowder.

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