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Hillgrove Bands Superior at LGPE

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Each year, the bands of Cobb County and the surrounding area travel to McEachern High School for their annual  Performance Evaluation.

The bands play a three-selection concert for a national slate of judges and are given ratings and comments based on how they play.

We are proud to announce that for the first time ever, all the bands of Hillgrove, Lovinggood Middle School, and Lost Mountain Middle School received Superior Ratings, the highest that can be given!

Concert Band LGPE
March 22nd: 6:00p

The Hillgrove Concert Band traveled to McEachern on the first day of the event to perform for the judges. After they conducted their warmup, on stage b/c they performed after a break, they presented their Grade 3 program as
follows:

Patton – Goldsmith/Ford
Slane – arr. Wagner
Arabian Dances – Barrett

The band was conducted by Mr Pakorn Srikeow (student teacher from GSU) and Mr Erwin. The performance was outstanding. Afterward, the band was given a clinic by Director of Bands at FSU, Mr Richard Clary. His comments were very positive and inspiring. Following the clinic, the band sight-read a grade 3 piece of music for a rating.
After the dust settled, the Concert Band received an Overall Superior Rating, the first ever for the third ensemble.

Symphonic Band LGPE
March 23rd: 4:10pm

The Hillgrove Symphonic Band traveled to McEachern the next day to perform for the judges. After they conducted their warmup, they presented their Grade 5 program as follows:

Golden Bear March – Richards
Be Thou My Vision – Gillingham
Concord – Grundman

The band was conducted by Mr Erwin. The performance was wonderful. Afterward, the band was also given a clinic by Director of Bands at FSU, Mr Richard Clary. His comments were very positive and inspiring and included a very nice explanation of how to play dynamics in a march. Following the clinic, the band sight-read a grade 5 piece of music for a
rating.

After the dust settled, the Symphonic Band received an Overall Superior Rating, a wonderful accomplishment with a difficult program.

Wind Symphony LGPE
March 23rd: 8:10pm

The Hillgrove Wind Symphony closed out our LGPE year with an evening performance at McEachern. Their performance included two pieces conducted by Mr Ferrell:

The Gum-Suckers March – Grainger
Music for Prague 1968 – Husa

The Wind Symphony only performed 2 pieces because Music for Prague is considered a MasterWork; a work difficult enough to take the place of 2 pieces.

The Wind Symphony gave an awe-inspiring performance for a large crowd that was met with a rousing standing ovation. The students were very overwhelmed and emotional and the judges’ commentary was very positive. The Wind Symphony does not perform at LGPE for ratings, as has not for several years. The reason for this is to allow the music to speak for itself and to be the primary motivation for the students’ achievement. As most of the Wind Symphony students are older, the rating is no longer an essential motivator for their growth.

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