By MORGAN MANNS
Fostoria junior high band members will participate in the Ohio Music Education Association’s large group Middle School/Junior High district contest May 16-17.
This is the first year in several years that Fostoria will host the event, according to Fostoria High School Band Director Steve Kauffman.
This year’s contest will feature 14 groups total, including both bands and choirs. Bands will perform in the Performing Arts Center at the Fostoria Junior/Senior High School, located at 1001 Park Ave., and choirs will perform in the gymnasium.
Groups participating include Fostoria Junior High band, Fremont Middle School bands, Port Clinton Middle School bands, Seneca East Junior High, Woodmore bands, Sailorway Middle School band and choir, St. Peter School concert band, Western Reserve Middle School concert band, Lakota Local Schools choir, and Grant Middle School band and mixed choir.
Only the eighth-grade band members from Fostoria will take part in the event. They are scheduled to perform at 4:35 p.m. Friday. This is the fourth straight year the band has participated.
“I’m very excited,” Kauffman said. “Any opportunity to show off our facility, our kids and our town is a good one.”
Friday’s show will last from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with bands only, while Saturday’s recitals will begin at 9 a.m. with both band and choir performances.
Kauffman said this event is similar to the OMEA District II large group adjudication event, otherwise known as Ohio State Band Contest, which the high school band attended in March.
The bands and choirs will perform three songs, one of which was selected from a required list, in front of judges who will give them ratings. The difference is the groups won’t be required to complete a sight-reading piece.
A judge will work with the group for 10 to 15 minutes after each group performs their songs, according to Kauffman.
“The judge will work with them and teach them a couple things based off of what they heard (during their performance),” he said. “It’s a nice thing; the kids get more out of it then. It enforces (the judges’) written comments.”
The eighth-grade band will play “Quantico,” “Mozart’s Symphony No. 15 Finale” and “Antagonist.”
The bands and choirs will receive a rating of 1 through 5, 1 being a superior rating. Scores will be received on a white board in the school’s cafeteria.
Kauffman said the Fostoria Junior High band members will play these songs at their concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 15 in the FJSHS Performing Arts Center.
Both the contest and the concert are free and open to the public. No video or pictures are permitted during the contest.
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