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Stephanie Raper
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2016 Spring Band Activities


The Grenada School District band program has been buzzing this semester preparing for and performing in concert and jazz festivals as well as traveling to Orlando, Florida over Spring Break. During the spring holiday, the Grenada High School Marching Band traveled to Orlando and spent three days and four nights at Disney World. The students, chaperones, and family members enjoyed all four of the Disney theme parks, and also participated in a magical performance through the streets of the Magic Kingdom as part of a Disney parade.

The three middle school and three high school concert bands spent the first nine weeks preparing for two festivals and two concerts. On March 29 the 7th Grade Concert Band, High School Symphonic Winds, Middle School Jazz Band, and the 6th grade beginner band performed for friends and family in Part 1 of the Spring Awards Concert. On March 31 the 7th grade Symphonic Band, 8th grade Symphonic Band, High School Concert Band, and High School Symphonic Band performed for friends and family in Part 2 of the Spring Awards Concert.

On April 1, the bands that performed the previous night joined 13 other groups from across North Mississippi in the annual Dr. Joe Barry Mullins Concert Festival. Each GSD band had impressive scores from the festival. Scores were:
• 7th Grade Symphonic Band – Director Brandon Lang - Concert, I, I, I; overall I; Sight Reading 1
• 8th Grade Band – Director Bernard Hatch - Concert, I, I, II; overall I; Sight Reading 1
• High School Concert Band – Director Steven Hugley - Concert, I, I, I; overall I; Sight Reading 1
• High School Symphonic Band – Director Chris Sumrall - Concert, I, I, I; overall I; Sight Reading 1
These groups also performed at the MHSAA MBA State Concert and Sight Reading Festival on April 12 in Tupelo, Mississippi where they received superior ratings from every judge in every category. The high school band also received the MHSAA Sweepstakes award, given to bands that have been awarded superior ratings from every judge on every caption at every contest they have attended this year. This is the highest award that can be bestowed on a high school band in the state of Mississippi!

The year is not over for the Grenada Bands. On April 23 Grenada will play host to its first ever Grenada Lake Jazz Festival held at Grenada High School Auditorium. Currently there are middle school, high school, community college, and university groups scheduled to participate. Groups from the Pine Belt to the Delta will meet for festival ratings and friendly bragging rights. The following Saturday, April 30, all three of Grenada’s jazz bands are scheduled to participate in the annual Tallahatchie River Jazz Festival held at New Albany High School. On May 5 the jazz bands as well as the high school concert bands will be back in action for Grenada Bands annual “Pops Concert.” The theme this year is “Music Through the Decades” and will feature each ensemble playing music from 1920’s ragtime all the way to 2016 electronic dance music!

The GSD Band Staff would like to send a special thank you to all of our supporters, especially the Grenada Band Boosters, Grenada High School and Middle School administration and our supporters at Central Office. It is impossible for a band program to function on a world-class level without the support of a wonderful community like Grenada.