The Gainesville High School concert band competed at the UIL Concert and Sightreading contest at Argyle High School on Thursday, April 13. The band earned a 2-2-2 on stage and a 1-1-1 in sightreading.
“The band has shown wonderful improvement since the beginning of the year,” said Russ Rutherford, GISD Band Director. “We still have some basic foundational skills and concepts to solidify in order to reach a consistently high performance level. These skills and concepts take years to develop, not months.”
Judging comments on the stage performance included “nice dynamic control in the march” and “very nice sounds in the middle register”. One judge complimented Rutherford and the students saying, “You’ve worked hard and the kids are enjoying the program”. The sightreading performance was noted as having “mature sounds” and “mastery of articulation”. One judge also described the group as having “improved dramatically”.
Preparation for this contest began in January, after the completion of the MLK parade performance. The band attended the Sounds of Spring Festival on March 21st, where they received a 1-1-2 on stage and a 2-2-2 in sightreading. This contest is intended to give students a positive experience while still helping them prepare for UIL. Students put in many rehearsal hours working on basic skills, as well as in preparing the actual pieces.
“I am very proud of the students and their work this year, and look for great things to happen in the years ahead,” Rutherford said.
The GHS and GJHS bands will perform a community concert on Thursday, May 18, at 6:30pm at the GISD Auditorium at 1201 Lindsay Street.