West Bladen concert band earns ‘excellent’ rating

DUBLIN — The West Bladen High School concert band traveled to the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium on the campus of Richland Community College in Hamlet on Wednesday to participate in the Southeastern District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association’s Music Performance Adjudication.

While there, the band, under the direction of Alan Martin, performed a series of musical pieces for a slate of judges, and were awarded an “Excellent” rating.

Sponsored by the NCBA, the festival offers a performance opportunity for students and directors resulting in a critical assessment, by highly qualified experts in band performance, of the quality of their performances. The festival is the only state-sanctioned event that provides a summative, standards-based assessment, designed to measure student performance as related to the goals, objective, and grade-level competencies specified for band in North Carolina.

Band directors and students perform for and learn from their peers in a formal concert venue, and are able to connect quality preparation with quality performance and continued growth.

West Bladen is proud of the tradition and spirit of band at The Castle, and is appreciative of the hard work of these students and Martin throughout the school year.