Wayne County Concert Band participates in KMEA Assessment
The Wayne County Concert Band walked away from the Kentucky Music Education Association (KMEA) with the highest nod of approval possible for their performances, recently.
“We performed before three judges and all three judges gave us a distinguished rating,” said Wayne County Band Director Andy Critz. “The KMEA Association Concert Assessment is our version of testing at the novice, apprentice, proficient or distinguished level.”
Representatives from the band program performed two pieces of contrasting styles. They had recently performed the two pieces on March 17 during an evening concert for their families. The pieces included: Psalm 42 by Samuel Hazo and Incantation and Ritual by Brian Balmages.
“I thought they sounded great at that concert,” said Wayne County High School Principal Steve Thompson.
Critz was very complimentary of his band, noting that it has been a really rewarding year for him since his high school and middle school musicians have progressed so much in their musical abilities. The seventh graders have been especially exemplary, Critz said.
“I’ve never had more fun with a group and seen as much growth,” added Critz. “It has been great to sit in rehearsals and see the concert band get better every day.”
The Lake Cumberland area of concert bands including Pulaski, Southwestern, McCreary, Russell and Adair Counties participated in the annual KMEA event which was held at the Russell County Auditorium Natatorium Complex.
This year’s event was particularly exciting because of the quality of the music from the area schools. The festival manager told them that everyone played really well. So, the local band continues to follow their vision which is “To provide musical and performance opportunities that will guide any participant involved to develop a desire to learn, constantly pursue excellence, while developing confidence, and relationships that will last a lifetime through music and performing arts.”
The next special event for the band will be the All-District Band competitions on April 27-28 in Russell County.
2022 Wayne County Band at Russell County