FSD1 bands receive highest honors at state band event
West Florence High School served as the site of the recent South Carolina Band Director’s Association’s (SCBDA) Solo and Ensemble Performance Assessment. The event is held annually to encourage excellence in individual and small group performances. Bands of Sneed Middle (Mike Jones, Director); West Florence High School (Steve Rummage, Director); Williams Middle School (Matt Carl, Director) and Wilson High School, (Troy Cato, Director) all received the highest honor at the assessment, the South Carolina Band Directors Association Outstanding Performance Award.
After the event is held each year, the cumulative scores for reaching the highest assessment for a combination of school music events in middle and high school band is revealed statewide. Band directors have noted that the students superseded the points need to qualify for the Outstanding Performance Award. This is also the second year in a row that Wilson has received this award. According to the SCBDA, the award takes the combined efforts of every student in the band and requires that all aspects of the program meet the highest standards. The students must also have excelled in Upper/ Lower State marching band, Concert Festival, Region and All-State, as well as Solo and Ensemble Festival in order to qualify for the Outstanding Performance Award.
All Florence School District 1 middle schools and high schools participated in this competitive event. More than 80 student musicians in Florence School District One earned individual awards for outstanding performances in solo and small ensemble events. “These band awards bring distinct honor to our music program in Florence One,” said Performing Arts Coordinator Laura Greenway, “and they are the link which contribute to School District’s One receipt of the Best Communities for Music Education Award. “We are extremely proud of our students, directors, and outstanding band programs,” she added.