The J.L. Newbern Middle School Concert Band, under the direction of Curt Kimbrough, traveled recently to Waycross to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association District 8 Large Group Performance Evaluation. The band performed three pieces of music they have been preparing since January for three judges.

Two of the three judges gave the band a superior rating, and another judge gave the band an excellent rating for an overall superior rating. This was the band’s ninth performance at this event in the school’s history and its sixth overall superior rating.

The band also sight read a piece of music they have never seen before. The sight reading judge gave the band a superior rating as well. The NMS Band has never received a rating other than superior in sight reading in all of its performances of this kind. This was the band’s first performance in this event since 2003. Low school enrollment has caused the band program to not have an adequate number of students enrolled in band to have a full-fledged performing ensemble in the past few years.

Kimbrough said, “Thanks to creative recruiting efforts and an exceptionally supportive administrative staff, we have been able to get the Newbern Band program back on the right track and moving towards success in many areas.”

The band also placed nine students in the GMEA District 8 honor band this school year. Cody Frame made the Concert Band from J.L. Newbern. And the Sixth Grade Clinic band was represented by eight students from NMS. They are Ty’Shian Innocent, Rolanda Carter, Kentae Bryant, Ebony Williams, Emoni Cooper, Darryl Whitt, Johann Daniels and Darien Brooklin.

The band will travel to Atlanta on April 27–28 to compete in the Music in the Parks Band Festival. While in Atlanta, the band will also visit the King Center, Six Flags, the Georgia Aquarium, as well as the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon.

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