GCMS band makes history, earns top scores

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By The Staff

The Grant County Middle School band has made history.

On March 11, the GCMS band traveled to Northern Kentucky University to perform at the annual District 6 Kentucky Music Educators Association Middle School Large Group Assessment.

The band, that consists of seventh and eighth graders, performed two prepared works for three KMEA music judges.

The band received the following ratings:

Dr. Susan Cresap of Morehead State University gave a distinguished; Kevin Christie, director of bands at Rowan County Schools gave a distinguished; Teresa Elliott, director of bands at Beaumont Middle School gave a distinguished +.

After performing on stage, the middle school band performed for one more judge. This time, playing a piece of music they had never seen before. This is called sight-reading. That judge gave the band a distinguished.

All four judges gave the middle school band an overall rating of a distinguished. Of all the middle school bands in District 6, only a few received four distinguished ratings.

Of all those bands, the Grant County Band was one of two middle school bands to receive a distinguished plus for their performance on stage.

The band started working on music for the festival in December and worked on it everyday in class.

The Grant County Middle School band was chosen by the judges as an exemplary band. This means that they were chosen from all the middle school bands that performed to be one of the best four bands in District 6. This is the first time in history for the Grant County Middle School Band.

“I was really excited. It was good to see that all the hard work paid off,” said Lucas Hampton, an eighth grade band member.

Tristan Suel said, “I went crazy and started hugging everyone.”

“As a graduate of Grant County, this kind of success reminds me of when I was in band,” said JoAnn Owens, Grant County Middle School’s band director. “As their director, I am more than honored to be a part of their success today.  I have amazing kids and parents, plain and simple.  They have a sincere love for music, each other and for this band.  They are excited and motivated to do great things.  Because of this, I know this is just the beginning of great things to come for the Grant County Band.”