By Tia Lynn Lecorchick, staff writer
Twenty Morgan County Middle School students made the District Honor Band, 11 of whom were eligible to advance to the All-State Round of auditions.
Two middle school students, Madison Bryant and Emma Hughes, were chosen to participate in the All-State Band this past weekend during the competition’s second round in Perry.
Ten students were selected for the District Honor Band. Their names are Katelyn Alligood, Bobbie Jones, Brittany Thomas, Elizabeth Stephens, Hogan Tuell, Ellie Conn, Francis Smith, Summer Stevens, and Nick Baddour.
“Morgan County continues to excel at representing our students and programs at our state level events… We are incredibly proud of the effort of these students, and their parents, as they represent themselves, their programs and Morgan County,” said Karisa Seymour, the band director at MCMS.
The Georgia Music Educators Association District Honor Band and All-State Band holds two rounds of intense auditions for middle and high school students, said Seymour.
“The students elect to participate in this extracurricular activity outside of the regular classroom expectations. They are required to play a set of fundamental scales that go above and beyond those that are taught in the classroom. An additional piece of music that displays advanced techniques and abilities. In both rounds of auditions they will also sight-read a short excerpt. Students perform and in front of music judges from across the district and state. The students are then ranked on specific parameters to determine if they are among the top students in each district and ultimately the state,” explained Seymour.
Morgan County is one five counties in GMEA fourth district, which also includes Butts, DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties. “Our students chose to do this and go far above and beyond what is required of them in the classroom,” said Seymour.