The Storm Lake High School Jazz Band traveled to Spirit Lake last Saturday to compete in the Class 3A Iowa High School Music Association's State Jazz Band Festival.
During the first phase of the competition, three judges listened to the performance and then gave written and cassette evaluations of each band before assigning a divisional rating. Overall ratings are based on a scale of I to V, with a Division I classified as a superior rating. The SLHS band received two Division I and one Division II ratings.
The next portion was the sight-reading segment of the contest. Once the band members were seated, they were required to open an envelope with a piece of music they have never seen before. For five minutes, the band and director are allowed to talk through the piece, but they cannot play, count or sing out loud any portions. Then they read the piece "at sight." One adjudicator is in the room and at the conclusion of the reading, assigns a rating on a performance level of the effort. The SLHS Jazz Band also received a Division I rating for their performance.
"This year we have a band with more maturity and therefore the sound is better," said director Frank Hoskins. "The band has only four senior this year, but they are leading well. The band should be congratulated for their fine efforts and the success they have achieved."
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