Congratulations to the Killian Middle School Symphonic Band for receiving a first division from every judge at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest! This is the highest award possible!!!
For the concert portion of the competition, the Symphonic Band performed three pieces: The Lone Eagle March by John Edmondson, Big Sky Round-Up by Robert Sheldon, and Atlantis by Anne McGinty.
Here are a few things the concert judges had to say about their performance:
"Very nice sounds in the band! I especially like the mature clarinet a flute tones. Outstanding preparation and performance!"
"Nice looking group! Great full band sound. Good use of dynamics - band is very well balanced!"
"Great energy! The band is very prepared. Really nice sounds across all sections!"
Following their outstanding performance on stage, the band went straight to the sight reading room for the next portion of the contest. This included a completely new panel of judges and music the band and director had never seen before. The band had 7 minutes to position (move keys, slides and sticks but make no sound on instruments) through the piece together as the director conducted and pointed out information. Then the band was judged on how they played the piece all the way through. Here are some things the sight reading judges said about their performance in sight reading:
"Students demonstrate great characteristic sounds. Balance between sections is nicely done. Students play with great confidence! Dynamics are very well done. Students demonstrate a HIGH level of musical understanding. BRAVO!"
"All students are actively involved in the explanation period. Great ensemble sound with many great individual sounds making balance and intonation very good. Overall very good job of reading!"
"Great sounds in the beginning and nice job of sustaining the energy throughout the performance. Excellent focus from students!"
Once the contest was over, the band went back to KMS for a well deserved pizza party!
Symphonic Band would like to thank:
- Mr. Edwards, Mr. Icossipentarhos, Mr. Wilson and Ms. Kayzaka for all their help during rehearsals as we prepared for this contest!
- Mr. Sealy, Dr. Grant, Ms. Kazyaka and Mr. Wilson for coming to UIL to help in the warmup room and supporting us during the performance!
- The many parents that came to UIL to support us!
- Mrs. Ting Zhang for her help serving pizza at the post-contest party!
- Our private lesson teachers for helping each of us individually reach our musical potential!