This week is a busy one for five of the PCS bands as they are both preparing to be rated for their own performances and site reading at the District Band Festival and hosting the festival as well.
This Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, will bring 16 different bands from seven schools to the Plainwell Performing Arts Center for the Festival. Each band will be rated according to a short performance and then for their site reading abilities.
“The most challenging part of the Festival is the prep work leading up to it,” said Band Director David Hepinstall. “There is so much organization that leads up to the event itself so that it will run smoothly and band directors and students can leave happy and feeling like they were treated kindly and had their needs met.”
As the Band Boosters prepare to host the event, the students have been practicing in class, at home and after school hosting their own “Practice Festival” with Parchment bands. Last week, all of the bands took trial runs in front of guest “judges” with the Parchment Bands. They all received a critique from the guest judges and took that information back to band room to practice more.
“All of the bands did fantastic,” said Middle School Director Rene Perrin. “I received so many compliments, and the judges gave great feedback.”
Once Thursday arrives, Hepinstall said the students will focus on their job of making music and the event will pretty much run itself with the Band Boosters leading the way.
“I am honored that MSBOA continues to ask us to host year after year,” Hepinstall said. “I’m thankful to the taxpayers that approved this Performing Arts Center without which we would not have opportunities like this.”