Concert Bands Light Up the Stage at MPAs

Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Friday the LRHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble traveled to North Port High School to compete in the Florida Bandmaster Association’s (FBA) Music Performance Assessments (MPAs).

The symphonic band, mostly composed of younger players, performed at 3 p.m. and the advanced band, the wind ensemble, played at 5 p.m.

The symphonic band received an overall Excellent, including a Superior in sight-reading and the wind ensemble earned Straight Superiors, which qualifies them for the next level, the state competition.

MPAs involve performing on stage and sight-reading, which is when a musician must play a piece of music without preparation, for the judges. Then, the bands will receive scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior. A Superior is equivalent to the grade of an A; an Excellent is equivalent to a B, and so on.

In the past band director Ron Lambert has noted that band competitions are “…a reflection of the hard work that we put in, and motivation to be even better.”

Wind ensemble senior trumpeter Anthony Pistella, senior, said, “I’m very excited to have gotten Straight Superiors at MPAs. All of our hard work has paid off, and now we get to show our talents to the judges at states.”

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