We prepare our groups to play three selections: 1) a march or chorale style piece of our choosing 2) Two selections from a GMEA approved list of works designated by difficulty level.
Difficulty ranges from grade "1" (beginner level) through grade "6" (most difficult level). This year, we will perform grade 3 with Concert Band, Grade4/5 with Symphonic Band, and grade 6 with Wind Symphony.
A panel of three judges evaluate our performance based on tone quality, intonation, style and interpretation, etc. The judges are selected by our district music teachers and typically represent accomplished university and high school band programs from around the country.
We also have specific section evaluators for woodwind, brass, percussion, and conductors (yes, we are evaluated right along with the kids...bet the academic faculty would protest if THEY had to take the EOCTs!)
Following our stage performance, we go to a clinic led by a "big name" university music educator in which they share their thoughts and suggestions about our performance. This is one of the highlights of the LGPE experience.
Finally, we are evaluated on the students ability to play a piece that they have never seen before (sight reading). We have 6 minutes to study and talk, then we perform. This aspect of the evaluation really shows the bands that are teaching techniques and fundamentals versus those in which a lot of "rote teaching" occurs.
As we prepare for this annual evaluation, it is CRITICAL that students attend all rehearsals. During sectionals, we get into some very specific details in the music that we can not teach effectively during full band class. We teach different aspects of the music at different times, so we might only cover a specific concept in detail on a few rehearsal dates.
We also would love to see a packed house at our Pre-LGPE Concert on March 6th here at Pope. Mark your calendars now and show your support for the hard work that the students have done! As soon as the schedule for LGPE is available, we will post it on the website and hand it out to the students. The event will be at Lassiter High School, very convenient for our parents to come and see their student perform.