MOUNDSVILLE - The Oak Glen Middle School Band played at the Region I Band Festival April 10 at John Marshall High School and came home with four superior ratings from all four judges.
The band played a warm-up march, "Regimental Honor "by John Moss and two adjudicated pieces, "Chant and Savage Dance" by Brian Balmages and "River of Hope" by Michael Sweeney. The students scored either As or A-pluses in every column.
The three floor judges were Steve Barnett, Marshall University director of bands; Mark Hardman, Charleston's George Washington High School band director; and John Christian, retired Bridgeport High School band director.
The judges praised the band's sound and intonation, as well as the musicality of individual players as being among the band's strengths.
Hardman also complimented Oak Glen Middle's balance throughout the band and congratulated the band on their "attention to musical detail" in their preparation and "great depth of musical understanding." Hardman stated the band "plays with a concept of sound and style well beyond their years."
Barnett stated "today's performance is one of the finest I have ever heard from a middle school band." He said the band had "very nice dynamics and expression throughout."
Christian said the band's strong points were "everything" and any criticisms of the band's playing "were very minor."
"This is a very strong band with fine sight-reading skills a pleasure to listen to," said Sight-reading Judge Pat Garrett of West Liberty University. "I love to listen to how you all use your counting system to understand, and ultimately play, the music!"
The band will present their spring concert at 7 p.m. May 22 in the middle school gymnasium. The band is directed by Neil Randolph.