Fine Arts News
The collection of state band awards that line the wall outside Bethesda’s rehearsal hall is expanding once again.
Bethesda Christian School’s Symphonic Band captured both Concert category awards issued for Class 1A/2A in the 2017 Outstanding Performance Series competition. The annual contest, sponsored by the Association of Texas Small School Bands, recognizes accomplished performances of one march and two concert pieces in each school classification.
The band’s rendition of “Lightning Field” by John Mackey merited the top Concert piece award, while its performance of the third and fourth movements of “Suite Provencale” by Jan Van der Roost placed second. The state level of judging occurred in San Antonio last week, during the annual convention of the Texas Bandmasters Association.
This year’s honors bring to 10 the total number of OPS state awards earned by the Symphonic Band over the past 13 years. It’s first recognition came in 2004, the others since 2012. The ATSSB honored BCS with a special recognition in 2013, when the band swept all three 1A/2A awards.
BCS competed under University Interscholastic League (UIL) classification guidelines, the system widely used in Texas public schools.
Susan Coad, Bethesda’s departing Fine Arts Director and Director of Bands, paid tribute to her student musicians and their instructors on the band’s most recent accomplishment. “Congratulations to the Symphonic Band and to all the band staff—Mrs. Hutto, Mrs. Northam, Mr. Nechamkin and all the private lesson teachers—without whom we could not have achieved this success!”
The 2017 OPS state plaques will be presented to the school during the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association state convention in February.