Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On April 24, the LRHS Wind Ensemble competed in the Florida Bandmaster Association’s Music Performance Assessment (MPA) State Concert Competition at Bailey Concert Hall, Broward College.

The band took a bus to Miami on what would typically be a three-hour drive, however, about 30 minutes from the performance site the bus broke down on Alligator Alley. The musicians endured 84-degree weather for about an hour and half, missing their initial performance time. Nevertheless, the students kept their spirits high by singing, cheering, and listening to music.  After a mechanic fixed the bus, the band completed the last leg of its trip.

State MPAs consist of performing on stage and sight-reading for judges. The bands receive scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior in each portion of the evaluation. A Superior is equivalent to an ‘A’ grade, an Excellent a ‘B,” and so forth.

The LRHS Wind Ensemble performed at about 6 p.m., compared to its original scheduled time of 3: 15 p.m., and received a Good rating after tough judging.

“I think our performance was the best performance we had all year,” said oboe player Katie Hoskinson, junior.

The wind ensemble overcame every obstacle in their way, whether it be a broken bus, the Florida heat, or gladly accepting the challenge of harsher judging as an opportunity to refine their musical skills.

The group earned Superior ratings at last month’s district competition, qualifying them for the next level, which is the state competition they played in at Broward College.