Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Jan. 31, the LRHS Jazz/Solo and Ensemble Concert took place in the auditorium.
The free concert featured LRHS Jazz Bands, Wind/Percussion and Dance Soloists, and Color Guard. The recital was not mandatory, but it was an opportunity for the participants in solo and ensemble to play their pieces in public.
Solo and Ensemble is mandatory for advanced music periods and optional for everyone else. The students participating can perform as soloists or as an ensemble. The LRHS Color Guard performed in two big groups and members could do a solo that included dance and a flag or a weapons routine. Based on their skills presented to the judges, the performers could earn scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior.
The recital was also a pre-Music Performance Assessment (MPA) performance for both LRHS Jazz Bands. After performing on stage and sight reading for judges, those competing in MPAs will receive scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior.
The concert helped get the nerves out because it can be intimidating to be alone in a room with a judge at MPAs.
“It helped me feel what it was like to play under pressure,” said jazz-two trumpet player, Grace Hagopian, sophomore.