Band Takes Top Honors at Festival

Congratulations to the St. Francis Wind Ensemble for earning top ratings at the March 2 Band & Orchestra Festival.This marks the third year in a row that the band has earned straight A’s at the District Festival, a goal that was achieved for the first time in the history of the band program three years ago.
This year also marked another first for the band. In order to get a superior rating from an individual judge, the band must earn an average of an A from each of the 3 on-stage judges in 5 distinct musical categories, which means that they could get a mix of A’s and B’s from each judge so long as the average came out to an A. This year, for the first time, the band earned straight A’s in all 15 categories (5 categories/3 judges) plus a perfect score from all three on stage judges and an A in sight reading as well!
An additional factor in the bands success was that they played a very difficult program of music chosen off an official published classification list. This year’s musical selections were nearly two full levels of difficulty above the band’s current classification. This marks a most memorable achievement for the St. Francis Wind Ensemble in that they played historically the most difficult selection of music chosen for an adjudicated festival and then received for the first time a perfect score on stage in addition to a superior evaluation in sight reading. Past festival records would verify that this was the finest festival showing in the history of the band program.
Congratulations to the students for their hard work, dedication and attention to detail. Thank you as well to all this year’s seniors for their loyalty and leadership and to all the parents and fans who came out in support.
With a Grateful Heart,
Mr. Taylor