On Thursday morning, March 9, 2023, the CHS Concert Band participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association District 2 Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) held at Cairo High School. Jacob Fortner, CHS Director of Bands, said he was thrilled to announce that the Concert Band received an overall Superior Rating.
“For those who may not be familiar with LGPE, it is an event where music programs from various schools come together to perform for a panel of judges who evaluate their performances,” Fortner said. “As the band plays three prepared pieces, the judges use a standardized rubric to assess the bands’ technical abilities, musicality, and overall performance. This event provides valuable feedback to our students and directors to help us grow as musicians. It is essentially our standardized test to judge the state of our program.”
The CHS Concert band also participated in the Sightreading portion of the evaluation. This is where the band is given a new piece of music that they have never seen before and have six minutes to rehearse and perform it. “I am proud to say that our band also received an overall Superior Rating in this performance as well,” Fortner said.
A Superior Rating is the highest possible rating that a band can receive. There are five total ratings in the band judging world: Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor. “This rating means that our students’ hard work, dedication, and countless hours of practice have paid off, and they have demonstrated exceptional musical skills,” Fortner explained.
“I cannot express how impressed I am with our students’ performance today,” he said. “Receiving an overall Superior Rating in both the performance and sightreading categories is a remarkable achievement. This success is a testament to the hard work, talent, and commitment of our students, as well as the support of our faculty.”
The CHS Marching Hornets also wanted to give a big thank you to Ms. Debbie Bradley for coming out to work with the Concert Band as they prepared for the LGPE performance.