Super Tuesday is Superior for county bands

By Jeff Shultz

Managing Editor

The term “Super Tuesday” meant more than just politics for four Garvin County school bands after the bands received high marks for their performances Tuesday.

All four schools competed at the the OSSAA District Concert Band Contest at Ada High School.

The Elmore City-Pernell Middle School and High School Bands were very successful as the middle school band earned an Excellent rating for their on-stage performance and grabbed a Superior rating in sight-reading.

Meanwhile, the EC-P High School Band also earned straight Superior ratings for on stage and sight-reading.

“I’m proud of the ratings because they help tell the story of these kids who work so hard every day towards a goal,” said EC-P Band Director Stephen McCleskey. 

“They don’t take ‘good’ as a compliment,” he added. “They want to be great.”

The Maysville High School Band traveled to Ada on Tuesday for District competition where they earned a Superior rating of I on their concert pieces, as well as making a I on their sight-reading. 

The Superior ratings qualified them for State competition on March 31. 

Band Director Anthony Bertolozzi said, “These young musicians have put in hours of hard work all year, and I could not be more proud or honored to make music with them every day.”

The Panther Pride Junior High Band from Pauls Valley also had a lot to celebrate Tuesday.

Hannah Wilson and the Junior High band received a Superior rating on stage and a Superior rating in sight-reading Tuesday.

“By doing that, they received the highest honor that a Junior High group can receive in our State – the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said PVHS Band Director Drew Etheredge.

“These kids not only knocked it out of the park on their stage performance and in sight-reading, but more importantly, represented Pauls Valley in a such a classy way today with the way they conducted themselves,” he added.  

Etheredge had high praise for Wilson, noting this was her first “Superior” rating.

“She is really good with these kids and I couldn’t ask for a better role model for them,” he said.

The Lindsay High School Band also earned Superior ratings for their on-stage performance as well as sight-reading.