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Western Nebraska Middle Level Solo/Large Ensemble Contest Results

Western Nebraska Middle Level Solo/Large Ensemble Contest Results

Instrumental music students from Alliance Jr. High, Bluffs Middle School, and Gering Jr. High participated in the 13th Annual Western Nebraska Middle Level Music Contest on Saturday, February 25.

Judges, Gary Hall (Loveland, CO), Joe Jensen (Bridgeport, NE), Steve Miller (Cheyenne, WY), and Austin Sailors (Mitchell, NE) were asked to offer encouragement and advice to help the young musicians improve as players.

In this type of contest, players are judged on several criteria: Articulation, Balance/Blend, Dynamics, Interpretation/Style, Intonation, Literature, Note Accuracy, Phrasing, Posture, Rhythm, Technique, Tempo, and Tone Quality as well as Appearance, Behavior, and Stage Presence.

The judges use the following scale:

  • Division I - SUPERIOR
  • Division II - EXCELLENT
  • Division III - GOOD

The Final Results for the 2017 Western Nebraska Middle Level Music Contest were as follows:

Alliance Middle School (Alliance, NE)

Director:  Laura Mangas

    Solo & Small Ensemble Ratings 

        15 - SUPERIOR Ratings        6 - EXCELLENT Ratings     

    7th Grade Concert Band - EXCELLENT Rating

    8th Grade Concert Band – EXCELLENT Rating

Bluffs Middle School Band (Scottsbluff, NE)

Director: Michael A. Koch

    Solo Ratings

        67 - SUPERIOR Ratings        18 - EXCELLENT Ratings      2 – GOOD Ratings      

     6th Grade Concert Band - SUPERIOR Rating

    7th Grade Concert Band - SUPERIOR Rating

    8th Grade Concert Band - SUPERIOR Rating

Bluffs Middle School Orchestra (Scottsbluff, NE)

Director: Ashley Hillman

    Solo & Small Ensemble Ratings

        6 - SUPERIOR Rating    

    6th Grade Orchestra – SUPERIOR Rating

   7th Grade Orchestra - EXCELLENT Rating

   8th Grade Orchestra - SUPERIOR Rating

Gering Junior High (Gering, NE)

Director: Natalie Prokop  

    Solo & Small Ensemble Ratings

        14 - SUPERIOR Ratings        

    7th Grade Concert Band - EXCELLENT Rating

   8th Grade Concert Band - SUPERIOR Rating

   7-9 Grade Jazz Band - SUPERIOR Rating

 

The Western part of Nebraska is fortunate to have many terrific young musicians. Their work in and out of the rehearsal is always a source of PRIDE in the panhandle.  For more information contact Michael Koch, BMS Band Instructor.