March is Music in Our Schools Month, and all the local middle and high school bands are preparing for the Musical Performance Assessment, formally known as State Contest. The MPA is being held this year March 13-15, at Baker High School in Mobile.
The MPA adjudicators use six criteria to rate the bands performance: tone, intonation, technique, rhythm, balance and musicianship. Each criterion has four grades possible, from the lowest grade Fair (D), to the highest Superior (A).
Judges comments are constructive and deal with fundamental principles and practices. Sight reading is also done after the bands adjudicated performance.
Spanish Fort Middle School, directed by Leslie Owens, is preparing for this year’s MPA with their “Winter Camp”, which was held this past week. Invited guest clinicians were Dr. Byron Dawes, band director at Theodore High School, Renee Thomas, director from Daphne Middle School, Mark Foster, assistant director at Daphne High School, and Donald Morris, former trumpeter with the Mobile Symphony and master band instrument repairman at Andy’s Music.