Rockford bands excel once again

The Rockford Public Schools band program once again proved its prowess by receiving top scores at recent district festivals.

North Rockford Middle School band students celebrate after their performance at the MSBOA festival at East Rockford Middle School on March 4. Shown are (l–r) Leah Munson, Band Director Cullen McCarthy, Christian Walters and Drew Simington.

The three instrumental ensembles of Rockford High School (RHS)—Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble—participated in the Michigan Schools Band and Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) Band Festival for District 10 at Lowell High School on Friday, Feb. 26. They all received Division I/Superior ratings across the board, the highest achievement possible. The RHS bands are directed by Brian Phillips.

East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) and North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) participated in the MSBOA festival at Grandville High School on March 4 and they also excelled. Both ERMS bands, directed by Rebecca Kilgore-Longtin, received Division I ratings. The NRMS Symphonic Band, led by Cullen McCarthy, received a Division I rating for the ninth consecutive year, while the NRMS Concert Band received a very respectable II.

The bands all performed three pieces for adjudication, and scores are computed using a formula combining judges’ ratings.

“The students worked very hard in representing their community and schools, and the band directors are all extremely proud of their efforts,” said McCarthy.

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