Though it’s nearly football and marching band season, concert band will have a special focus over the next few months at Southside High School.
The Southside High School Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at the Alabama Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference next January in Birmingham.
Only a handful of high school bands from across the state play at the annual conference, which is attended by state music educators from middle school to college level.
Band director Matt Weaver said the selection is one of the results of the band program’s continued progress and success.
The symphonic band has earned superior ratings at the state’s music performance assessment for 30 consecutive years, and two years ago, the audition-only wind ensemble was created.
“It’s quite an honor to be selected to play in only your third year,” Weaver said.
He said the ensemble isn’t limited to the usual high school band music and has played some pieces that he played while in college at Jacksonville State.
“They’ve pushed up consistently every year since we started,” Weaver said. “They want to be challenged.”
Applications to play at the AMEA conference were due last Spring, and Weaver had to send in sample recordings of two pieces as well as copies of their concert programs for the past two years.
Weaver pointed out that students who are no longer members of the band contributed to this success.
“I’m proud of our current and past members because we were selected based off last year’s recording,” he said.
With such a big January performance on the horizon, practice begins now that school has…
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