The Washington Middle School Advanced Band earned a I rating at the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (SEIBA) JH/MS Large Group Festival held at Solon Middle School Friday, April 1st, 2016. The band performed 3 pieces: Welcome arr. Larry Clark Dorian Dreamscape by Robert Sheldon, and Arabian Dances by Roland Barrett. At the conclusion of their performance, Chris Copeland (West Branch MS Band director) worked with the band in a 15 minute mini-clinic. The band also received written and verbal comments from three judges during their performance .
The Band received scores of 33 (I+), 32 (I) and 31 (I). The MS Advanced Band has 70 members (30-8th graders, 35-7th graders, and 5-6th graders) is directed by Craig McClenahan.
The SEIBA Large Group Festival is open to all middle school and jr. high bands in the Southeast District. Bands receive ratings based on their performance from three judges who score 0-5 points for each of the following 7 categories: TONE (Beauty, Blend, Control), INTONATION (Melodic Line, Chords, Tutti), TECHNIQUE (Articulation, Facility, Precision, Rhythm), BALANCE (Ensemble, Sectional), INTERPRETATION (Expression, Phrasing, Style, Tempo), MUSICAL EFFECT (Artistry, Fluency), OTHER FACTORS (Appearance, Discipline, Instrumentation, Selections).
I+ = 33-35, I = 30-32, I- = 27-29, II+= 24-26, II = 20-23, II- = 17-19, III = 16 points and below.