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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Northwestern High School Jazz Bands Rate Superior #rockhill

The Northwestern High School Bands have completed the state 2014 Large Ensemble Music Assessments and earned the highest possible rating of superior in every performance.  The events included performances by the Senior Jazz Ensemble, the 9th Grade Band, the Concert Band, and the Symphonic Band.  

The ensembles were evaluated by 5 different adjudicators who evaluated the ensembles’ performances on three prepared selections as well as the students’ sight-reading ability.  In addition, senior, french hornist Kyle Thompson was recognized at the SCBDA All-State Band Concert as the winner of the Phi Beta Mu Music Scholarship Audition.  Phi Beta Mu is a national music fraternity. The scholarship was established to recognize high school music accomplishment of the highest level and to encourage outstanding instrumentalists to study music beyond high school.  Members of Phi Beta Mu from across the state nominated students to audition for the scholarship and the students auditioned for members of the Furman University School of Music faculty.  

Kyle plans to study music at either the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore or Northwestern University in Chicago.

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