In May 13 Issue
It has been a busy year for the Russell County High School Mighty Laker Band, according to Band Director Curtis Irvin, who recently gave a rundown on the band's goings-on in 2010.
On April 1st, the Russell County High School Band’s Steel Band Ensemble performed on the campus of Campbellsville University.
The steel band received a special invitation to perform with the Campbellsville University Percussion Ensemble and world-renowned steel pan artist, Andy Narrell, according to Irvin. The invitation to perform was sent by former Russell County Band assistant director, Chad Floyd.
After the performance, current assistant band director and Percussion Ennsemble Director Brian Eisert said “the level of musicianship and performance of the Russell County percussion students was admired both by the college students and Mr. Andy Narrell.”
Eisert also said that he hopes meaningful performance opportunities, such as this one, can continue in the future.
“It’s really neat allowing our students to perform with local college and universities” he said. “Experiences like this allow our students to see that the transition to college isn’t out of reach.”
Then on March 24 and 25, the Russell County Laker Band sent two groups to perform at the annual District Concert Band Festival in Somerset.
Both the high school and middle school bands prepared two selections for a panel of three judges.
On Wednesday, March 24, the Russell County Middle School 7th and 8th grade band performed “Winchester March” by John Edmondson and “Tribute & Triumph” by David Shaffer.
The band received an overall “proficient” rating from the judging panel. The high school band performed on Thursday, March 25. Their selections were “Fanfare and Flourishes” by James Curnow and “Havendance” by David Holsinger.
The band received an overall “distinguished” rating from the judging panel, Irvin said.
On January 13, several Russell County High School and Middle School students auditioned for the Lake Cumberland Music Educator’s Association All-District Band.
Students from Russell, Adair, Pulaski, Wayne and Clinton counties auditioned with only the best students advancing, Irvin said. On January 15-16 students participated in rehearsals with guest conductors, Joni and Dee Bishop from Fayette County. Also on January 16, students performed a concert at the Russell County Auditorium/Natatorium Complex.
The following 50 students from Russell County were selected as all-district band members: RCMS students Kelsey Turner, Shayna Luttrell, Elizabeth Popplewell, Sarah Robertson, Sam Stapp, Kelsey West, Bailey Henson, Krista Meers, Bailey Bean, Desiray Jasper, Danika Redmon, Hadley Ellis, John Harden, Madison Allen, Mackinzie Rincon, Hannah Antle, Jessica Jones, Vanessa McClaskey, Kylie Fisher, Megan Whitehead, Courtney Miller and Katie Hamill along with RCHS students Samantha Harden, Skyler Antle, Taylor Spring, Katie Garner, Jonathan Dunn, Cassandra Conner, Shelby Rexroat, Austin Sullivan, Kenisha Kelsey, Macayla Vaughan, Lisa Spears, Dakota Gaskins, Allen Kemp, Zach Harris, Danielle Hadley, Daniel Stapp, Zachary Parker, Kyle Hunter, Sarah Walters, Keith Jessee, Jordan Hunt, Ben Lee, Katlin Blakey, Naomi Galito, Chris Brown, Emily Adams, Alisha Dockery and Ashley Bryant.
The following are upcoming key dates for the Russell County High School Band:
Saturday, May 15: Solo Festival 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Russell County A.N.C.
Band students will perform individual solos for judges.
Sunday, May 16: Spring Concert 2 p.m. at Russell County A.N.C. Admission is free and open to the public. This concert will consist of performances by the 6th grade beginning band, 7th and 8th grade middle school band and the high school band.
Monday, May 17: Percussion Concert 6 p.m. at Russell County A.N.C.
Percussion students from the 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade and high school bands will perform selections written entirely for percussion instruments. Some performances will utilize non-traditional percussion instruments.
Friday, June 4: Russell County High School Graduation Ceremonies at Russell County High School