|SCPS students perform in District 1 Honor Band|
|Written by Lindy Sikes|
On February 3rd, 4th and 5th, 5 students from the Savannah Christian Preparatory School Band program rehearsed and performed in the District 1 Honor Bands. The students were selected through an intense audition process that included memorized scales, a prepared etude and a sight-reading etude which they have never seen. If the student has a high enough score at the District audition, he/she will advance to the All-State audition.
There were 3 bands, each determined by their grade level. There was a Middle School Band, a Concert Band (9th and 10th grade students) and a Symphonic Band (11th and 12th grade students). Each band has a set number of instrumentation it will accept. There were over 300 Middle School students to audition and over 500 for the two High School bands.
Each band has a guest clinician who are band directors themselves. For the Middle School Band, the clinician was John Palmer, Director of Bands at Dickerson Middle School in Cobb County, GA. The clinician for the Concert Band was Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Associate Director of Bands at the University of South Carolina and the clinician for the Symphonic Band was Dr. Robert Hansbrough, Director of Bands at the College of Saint Rose in New York.
Steven Cooler made the Middle School Honor Band on Oboe. Steven not only made the band but placed 2nd overall. John DeBacker made the Concert Band on Alto Saxophone and he also placed 2nd overall. John also scored high enough to qualify for the All-State audition which is quite difficult to do. Grey Prescott also made the Concert Band on Trumpet. Graham Garrett and Michelle Drewry made the Symphonic Band on Euphonium and Clarinet, respectively. These students rehearsed between 10-15 hours and gave stellar performances on Friday evening. Mr. Lindy Sikes, the SCPS Director of Bands said “I was so very proud of our students and all the hard work they have put in to receive this honor. They had to prepare for these auditions pretty much on their own and outside of class. Hopefully they can share this experience with other band members so we can have even more trying out next year. They represented the school and our band program with pride and dignity.”