Stage performances and sight readings are part of the overall assessment

District student musicians earn statewide honors
Posted on 04/05/2019
Musical notes

Friday, April 5, 2019

Numerous district student musicians excel
at Concert Band Performance Assessment

CHARLESTON – Beaufort County School District student musicians earned statewide honors at the SC Concert Band Performance Assessment in Charleston.

The Bluffton High School Symphonic Band and May River High School Wind Symphony each earned a “Superior Rating with Distinction” at the South Carolina Band Directors Association Concert Performance Assessment at West Ashley High School. This was the highest possible rating and represented “the best conceivable performance for the event and class being judged; worthy of the distinction of being recognized as a first-place performance.”

Several additional district musical groups excelled at the Concert Performance Assessment, which took place over the past two weeks in Charleston:

  • The Beaufort High School Sea Island Symphonic Band earned an “Excellent Rating” at the senior high school event at West Ashley High School.

  • The Bluffton Middle School Symphonic Band and H.E McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band each earned a “Superior Rating” at the junior middle school event at Goose Creek High School.

“It’s wonderful that we have so many talented young musicians in our schools,” said Interim Superintendent Herb Berg.  “And it goes without saying that when our student musicians are honored, we are also honoring the outstanding educators who teach them.”

The Concert Performance Assessment consists of a stage performance and sight reading. Bands perform on stage for three judges who independently score each performance using rubrics based on state and national standards for music education. Following the stage performance, bands sight-read a piece of music they have never seen. The band is given six minutes to study the piece, then must play for and be rated by two different judges. The scores of all five judges are combined to determine overall ratings.

The Bluffton High School Symphonic Band and May River High School Wind Symphony have been selected to perform in the prestigious SCBDA State Concert Festival in Irmo on May 11.  This invitation-only event is open only to high school bands that earn a “Superior Rating with Distinction” at their local Concert Performance Assessment. Out of more than 110 ensembles that performed at SCBDA Concert Performance Assessment, only 14 were selected to perform at State Concert Festival.