Band students play in UAB honor band
January 18, 2012
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The University of Montevallo has been known for its music program since it was founded, but not many realize that the high school right across the street has many musicians with impeccable talent. The MHS band dominates at every competition that they travel to, receiving all ones and best in show. Now, a few band members are certain that they will also take over the honor band programs as well.
Thursday, Dec. 8 through the Saturday, Dec. 10, three students traveled to UAB to participate in the Honor Band program. Junior Trenton Johnson and sophomores Kenny Oswald and Kenneth McCutcheon brought back high ratings from the judges. Each student applied for his playing position and was chosen based upon what he has already accomplished.
“When I played for the judges, I pretended that I was in class playing for Mr. Lawley, so that I made sure I was very precise with my note changes and crisp with my music,” Johnson said. “I enjoyed being a part of this program because I would like to pursue my musical talents in college and receive a scholarship for it as well.”
The students are judged by three different guidelines: sight reading, playing scales and how well they play a prepared piece for the judges. This process must be accomplished in order to be placed in a chair. After making the honor band, much practice is scheduled for the concert performed on the last day of the program.
“Honor bands are a great opportunity for students to join with other band students from across the state and make music,” band director Perry Lawley said. “They are taught by outstanding band directors from around the country, many of them from the collegiate level, and the music they perform is typically difficult. This honor band was no exception in its quality, and the students had a great time.”
UAB is not the only honor band program that students travel to. Sophomores Kenny Oswald and Kenneth McCutcheon will be attending the All County Honor Band program from Thursday, Jan. 26 to Saturday, Jan. 28.