It has been an exciting year in the Scotland County Music Department. The Marching Tigers kicked off the year with Band camp the week before school leading to community performances at the Tiger tailgate and a first place finish in the Antique Day Parade. The Marching Tigers also began learning their half-time field show and performed installments at home football games. Competition season started at the Monroe City Black and Gold Marching Festival. The Marching Tigers placed second in Field Show and Parade. Also, the Drumline and Color Guard won first place in their premiere performance. The following Saturday, students went to the Parade of Champions in Kahoka, MO where they placed fourth in field show and third in parade. The Marching Tigers also won the People’s Choice Award, being the crowd’s favorite. The next Tuesday, students participated in Hannibal’s Mark Twain Marching Festival. The marching season ended with Missouri Day’s in Trenton, MO where the Drumline took third place in their class.
After marching season, students quickly switched gears to practice for All-District and All-Conference auditions and prepare for the Veteran’s Day Concert. Four students traveled to Moberly, MO and auditioned for the All-District Band, where Elijah Cooley was selected as Fourth Chair snare drum. Nineteen Scotland County students were selected for the All-Conference Band and six students were selected for the All-Conference Choir. The Conference Tour started at Scotland County High School where both ensembles performed with a patriotic rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The band also provided pep and spirit and home basketball games as well as pep rallies for the successful girls’ basketball season. The rest of the first semester was spent preparing for the Holiday Concert on December, 17 2015.
The beginning of the new semester started with many more spirited performances at home basketball games. Four Junior High Students, Katie Feeney, Toren Johnson, Jaden McAfee, and Reilly Shoemaker were selected to participate in the All-District Junior High Band. High School students began to practice and prepare for contests coming up later in the spring. On March 18, students traveled to Hannibal for State Large group festival. The band received a II Outstanding rating and received a I Exemplary Rating in sight reading. Two weeks later, the band and choir went to Kirksville for solo/small ensemble festival. Nine soloists/ensembles received a II Outstanding rating and six solos/ensembles received a I Exemplary Rating. These included Flute Solo-Megan Kice; Snare Solo-Elijah Cooley; Clarinet Solo-Ariel Quenneville; Percussion Quintet-Elijah Cooley, Rebekah Duzan, Katie Feeney, Christian Siver, and Cliff Whitaker; Flute Quartet-Karissa Adams, Alyssa Clair, Sadie Davis, and Megan Kice; Mixed Vocal Trio-Slade McAfee, Claire Hite, and Micah Cooley. These soloists and ensembles performed at many functions around the community including at Beta Meetings and for the Rotary Club.
They went to State Festival where the Percussion Quintet received a Ill Rating, Ariel Quenneville, Megan Kice, the Flute Quartet, and the Mixed Vocal Trio received a II rating and Elijah Cooley received a I rating. Four junior high students participated in junior high solo contest where all received a I outstanding rating. All bands and choirs participated in the Fine Arts Night where Kiley Lewis won the Director’s Award for Choir. Paige Hyde won the Director’s Award for Band, Karissa Adams won the Patrick Gilmore Award, and Megan Kice won the John Phillip Sousa Award. On May 7, four junior high students traveled to Macon for solo competition. As the year comes to a close, students are preparing for their final performance that will be held in conjunction with the community Memorial Day festivities.
Submitted by Nathaniel Orr