On Wednesday, March 8, the Oscoda High School Symphony Band traveled to Alcona High School to participate in MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) District IX Band Festival. Each participating band was evaluated in the areas of Tone, Intonation, Rhythm, Technique, and Interpretation. Participating bands could earn one of five ratings: Division 1 (Superior), Division 2 (Excellent), Division 3 (Good), Division 4 (Fair), and Division 5 (Poor).
Oscoda earned Division 1 rating from each of the three judges on the Concert portion of their performance. The band played “Cluster Fluster Bluster March” by David Holsinger, “Invocation and Dance” by Carl Strommen, and “Extremis” by Randall Standridge.
The band then went on to the sight-reading room, in which they were evaluated in the same categories, but on music, they had never read or performed, having only one chance to perform a brand new piece of music. The OHS Symphony Band also earned a Division 1 from the sight-reading judge.
The band has earned the opportunity to perform at MSBOA State Band Festival in May. Congratulations, Band!
Karen R. Lopez, MA of Music Education
Band and Choir Director
Oscoda Area Schools