AMCMS News UIL Band Competition Results -- Friday April 6, 2018
AMCMS Concert and Symphonic Bands both recently competed in TMEA region 8 UIL Band Concert and Sight Reading Contest held March 28th and 29th at College Station High School. AMCMS Parents dominated in attending and cheering our students on. Traditionally UIL is a very rigorous competition and preparation for both prepared stage performance and sight reading is difficult.
Each band entered performs three prepared pieces. These pieces can’t be any music you want they must be selected from the Texas PML (Prescribed Music List) according to your schools classification (C, CC, CCC). AMCMS is a CCC that is the most difficult category for varsity bands. Non Varsity choose from C list. After bands perform on stage, they are taken to the sight reading room and given a piece of music no one has seen before because it is written for the specific contest. Varsity bands like AMCMS must read from the toughest list, CCC. Directors are given 8 minutes to explain the piece without students speaking or playing and then when instruction time is up, the band performs and receives a rating from all three judges. Averages of both stage and sight reading scores are combined for the award outcome. Concert Band received 2’s on stage and 2’s in sight reading. They did an excellent job on stage and in sight reading
AMCMS Symphonic Band (CCC Varsity Group) earned a SWEEPSTAKES at Region 8 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest last Thursday March 29, 2018. They played a musically challenging program with Imperial March – Karl King, Redemption – Rossario Galante and Innisfree – by Carl Strommen. To earn a Sweepstakes rating, the band has to earn a first division on stage and a first division in sight reading. The sight reading piece for CCC category was very difficult yet AMCMS students were up for the task. In preparation for their rigorous program the band had sectionals all year. Over half of the band participated in Monday sight reading club exposing them to complex rhythms and music. They attended once per week sectionals all year and a UIL Clinic with a very renowned Texas Band Director Paul Worosello. The band also had clinics with Mr. Eric Eaks and Mr. James Benton.
Concert Band is the non-varsity UIL group at AMCMS and they earned excellent ratings at UIL Contest as well. They were a very young group this year and worked diligently to learn their music. They played Spitfire March by Michael Story, Two Minute Symphony by Bob Margolis and Conviction by Larry Clark. Non Varsity groups play off of the C list on TX PML. All directors worked with concert band this year and it was a difficult process due to the band meeting two different periods. Concert Band at AMCMS is a training band filled with fundamental instruction to strengthen and prepare students for the Varsity level and high school bands.
Both Bands will be competing in the spring Director’s Choice Music Festival at Fiesta Texas. The band will perform at Seguin High School Auditorium on the morning of May 12 and will be enjoying Fiesta Texas together all afternoon and into the evening.
Their Directors wish to thank the band parents for their support and encouragement all year. Ms. O’Bryant wishes to also thank her students for working tirelessly to lead by example in preparation with all students passing off every note of the music which led to accomplishing such a great honor “This year has been an amazing and special year for Symphonic band, I am very proud of them”, says Ms. O’Bryant. Mr. Torres says “the Concert Band performed very well and I’m excited for their festival in May.” The AMCMS Band is directed by Donna O’Bryant and Aaron Torres.