Ascension bands perform at state event _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gonzales Middle School performs March 25 at the District IV Instrumental Middle School Large Ensemble Louisiana Music Educators' Association music performance assessment in Baton Rouge.

Eight Ascension Parish bands performed in last week’s Louisiana Music Educators’ Association music performance assessment in Baton Rouge.

The bands took part in the District IV Instrumental Middle School Large Ensemble festival, which featured middle and elementary school bands.

Ensemble performance assessments were held at Episcopal High School, said Richard Bresowar, chairman of LMEA District IV.

While not a contest or competition, the event is competitive, said Bresowar, who is the band director at Dutchtown Middle School.

An overall winner is not named, but instead, the top-scoring bands qualify for the next round of performances.

Each band performed three prepared pieces for judges and another piece of music presented at the festival just eight minutes before the performance.

Technically, he said, all the schools could qualify if they all get the top score of superior or a 1 rating.

Bands scoring superior in both the concert and sight-reading performance earn sweepstakes awards and move on to the state festival later this month, he said.

Judges score each band and provide comments, he said.

The comments help bands improve, he said.

LMEA also held district events for orchestra and choral performances in middle and high school divisions, he said.

Galvez Middle’s concert and symphonic bands and Prairieville Middle’s seventh-grade and symphonic bands performed.

Also performing were bands from Lake Elementary, St. Amant Middle, Dutchtown Middle and Gonzales Middle.

Dutchtown Middle and Lake Elementary bands scored superior ratings and will take part in the state festival.