The Avon Lake High School Symphonic Band performed at the Ohio Music Education Association District IV Large Group Adjudicated Event on Friday, March 10, at Westlake High School and came away with the Superior Rating from the panel of judges. The band performed in the Class AA category, the highest and most challenging level for high school bands.
The repertoire included “His Honor,” a lively march composed by Henry Fillmore. The required composition was “Incantation and Dance” by John Barnes Chance, a piece of music for wind bands that was composed in 1960 and instantly became a classic. The band finished its program with “Arabesque,” a dramatic work composed by contemporary composer Sam Hazo.
The Avon Lake Symphonic Band has a long history of outstanding performances from its dedicated and talented student musicians. At the OMEA performance, the judges commented on “a very beautiful band sound” and that the band was “very impressive both technically and musically.” The Avon Lake Concert Band performed at the event and earned a superior rating in sight-reading and an overall excellent rating. The Director of Bands is David Eddleman, currently in his twelfth year at Avon Lake High School.