FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth band students made a good showing at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District (MSBOA) District Three Band and Orchestra Festival, held on February 24 and 25 at Carman-Ainsworth High School.
The 7th Grade Band, 8th Grade Band and 7th/8th Grade Orchestra participated in this event. The 8th grade Band led by Chris Lewis and 7th/8th Grade Orchestra led by Milissa Kenworthy earned a Division Two rating. The 7th Grade Band led by Kenworthy and Amy Tennis earned a Division One rating, qualifying them for State Festival. State Festival will take place at sites around the state the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May.
The CAHS Concert Band and the Symphony Band also earned a One rating, qualifying them for State Festival and the High School Full Orchestra Earned a Division Two Rating. They are led by Benjy Jones.
At a Band and Orchestra Festival, ensembles from member schools perform a program of three pieces for adjudication, one of which must be from MSBOA’s required list. District-level festivals are held at the end of February through the beginning of March. Each group is evaluated by three performance judges and one sight-reading judge. Ensembles are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 with 1 being the highest rating possible. The overall score is computed using a formula which combines the ratings of each judge. Ensembles that earn an overall 1 rating (or “Superior”) are qualified for State Band & Orchestra Festival which is held in late April or early May.”