(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)

Area bands competed for a second weekend in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) District 5 competition at Perry High School on Saturday, March 12. The scores for those bands were as follows: Perry 7th-grade concert band and 8th-grade concert band received straight ones; Perry High School symphonic band also received straight ones, Ovid-Elsie Middle School concert band earned an overall two; the Ovid-Elsie High School symphonic band came in with an overall one; New Lothrop High School and Junior High School concert band received an overall two; Morrice Area High School and Junior High School concert band was awarded an overall one. The scores were rounded out with the Durand High School Concert Band’s overall three, whereas the Durand High School Symphonic Band received an overall one.

Two area MSBOA District 5 schools did not compete in Perry. Chesaning went to Mayville and received straight ones. Corunna competed in St. Johns and earned an overall one under their conductor, Craig Luft. MSBOA District 5 includes over 75 mid-Michigan schools. It is the purpose of the organization to advance quality music education by sponsoring several types of festivals during the school year.

Landon Miller, Harry Helmick, and Jacob Black (top, from left) are members of the New Lothrop Concert Band. Harry, a trumpet player, was involved for his first year. “We did all right,” he stated about the scoring. “It was a little http://www.freeshopping.com/ scary at first, but it got easier after we started playing.” Jacob Black plays saxophone and Landon Miller is also a trumpet player. The New Lothrop Concert Band is conducted by Timothy Howard.

Raven Shire (above) is a 9th-grade clarinet player in the Morrice Area concert band. Just after viewing her band’s score, Raven shared, “Districts were really fun though hard at times, like picking up the notes and getting the rhythm right.”

Perry Hosts Band Competition was last modified: March 21st, 2016 by Karen Elford