Approximately 200 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools middle and high school students came together March 25 for the annual All-County band performances in the Dunn Center at N.C. Wesleyan College.
Michelle Matia, an eighth-grade student at Rocky Mount Middle School, said she was excited to participate in the concert.
“This performance is important to me because it teaches us the importance of band,” Matia said. “It shows we can work with other individuals and create a better sound when we are focused on the music. The most enjoyable part has been meeting new people and learning new music.”
Two guest conductors lead the young performers, practicing with the groups Monday night and throughout the day on Tuesday in preparation for the concert. Bryant Copeland, band director at New Bridge Middle School in Jacksonville, was the middle school guest clinician.
Following the middle school performance, the high school students took the stage, led by guest clinician David Albert, director of bands emeritus at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. Albert complimented the students on being one of the best prepared all-county bands in the state.
“If the caliber of their music is any indication of the caliber of their character, our region and our nation will be fortunate when these students grow up and become our leaders,” Albert said.
Music educators across the district were pleased with the enthusiasm of students as Rocky Mount Middle School band director James Boyce said.
“The 2014 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools All-County Band Clinic was an outstanding opportunity for band students in our district to represent the excellence in our schools,” Boyce said. “Clinicians Bryant Copeland and Dave Albert provided students a challenging and engaging two-day clinic culminating in an impressive concert on Tuesday night. Year after year, we see students grow and develop into leaders as a result of their participation in All-County Band, and this year seemed to highlight the best of these experiences.”
Laura Parrott, coordinator of fine arts for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, said that the All-District performance demonstrates the school system’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that the Arts programs continue to grow stronger, so that students continue to experience success.
“March is Music in Our Schools Month,” Parrott said. “Our district is extremely fortunate to have band directors who foster success in our students, not only as musicians, but as student leaders.”