Eastwood band advances to state


PEMBERVILLE — The Eastwood High School Concert Band qualified for state when they earned a superior
rating at the Ohio Music Education Association District Large Group Adjudicated Event on March 8 at
Sylvania Southview High school
The band is directed by Brian Myers and Jonathan Roode.
The superior rating of a “I” (one) is earned for “an outstanding performance, with very few technical
errors and exemplifying musical expression. This rating is reserved for the truly outstanding
performance,” according to the OMEA rating description.
At large group, bands perform three prepared pieces. One of the pieces is required to be from an OMEA
list of music. This piece determines the band’s class. This year the Eastwood Band competed in class B.

The three prepared pieces are performed for a panel of three judges. Each judge rates the group from I to
V. The band then goes immediately to another room for sight reading. The band is given a new piece of
music. After only six minutes of study, they perform the new piece for one additional judge, who assigns
them a rating from I to V. The four scores are averaged for a composite rating.
Eastwood earned three “I’s” on prepared pieces and a “I” in sight reading (best possible scores), for an
overall rating of “I.” Eastwood was one of five bands from a field of 34 to earn straight “I” ratings.

The Eastwood High School Concert Band will travel to Findlay for State OMEA competition at 9 p.m. on
During individual competitions at the OMEA Middle School Solo & Ensemble on April 13 at Defiance
High School, the folllowing students competed.
Superior I rating for a solo:bSophia D’Amore, Grace Dubois, James Russell, Ian Sander, Mary Musteric,
Curtis Nutter, Adam Stolar
Superior I rating for an ensemble: Mary Musteric and Brenna Payne, Maggie Ramsey and Haley Sponaugle
Excellent II rating for a solo: Matt Hayes, Bryce Koprowski-Kisner, Sam Gannett
Excellent II rating for an ensemble: Sophia D’Amore and James Russell; Maggie Ramsey, Zoe Ramsey and
Haley Sponaugle; Eli Good and Curtis Nutter

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