Eastwood band advances to state music competition


PEMBERVILLE — The Eastwood High School Concert Band qualified for state competition when it earned a superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association District Large Group Adjudicated Event on March 15 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 AE, 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 C.

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.

The Eastwood High School Concert Band will travel to Findlay for State OMEA competition on April 26.

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