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Fillmore Central music does it again!

Sat, Mar 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

Monday, March 23, marked another success story for the Fillmore Central Music Program. Large Group Contest is an event that the band and choir have been preparing for since before Christmas break. It's like a State Competition for Music, except it's just southeastern Minnesota. I do believe though that our groups would have no trouble going to State.

Let's start with the choir. Our choir has always had a good reputation, and every year we have to work hard to top ourselves to receive that Superior rating. This year was no different. Out of a possible 40 points, Fillmore Central received scores of 37, 37 and 36. Way to go guys!

We performed two pieces. One was titled, "This Marriage," which was an a capella piece by Eric Whitacre, who recently participated in an honor choir in the Twin Cities (our own Becca Lokker was selected to participate). Our second song was a piece called Salmo 150. It is all in Latin and is very difficult, language-wise. There is a great set of chords and it ends with a bang.

A big thanks goes out to Mrs. Blessing for all the hard work she does to keep us together and in tune. Without her help we would just be a mess!

Now let's move on to the band. As good as our reputation is in choir, it is even better for the band. We have received at least one perfect score from the three judges every year since Mr. Lane Powell came to the high school. We finally got two perfect ballots last year and we were hoping for a repeat.

We performed three songs. Our first was a fun tune called, "Song and Dance." There are some great moments where you just want to bop your head along with the music. Our second song was a gorgeous ballad called, "Prospect." It has a gorgeous melody that darn near makes you shaky all over. Our big finish could not have been any bigger. "Havendance" is a crazy, upbeat thrill ride that gives you a taste of everything. It comes at you from all angles and you wonder where it's going to next.

After all our hard work, we waited to hear our scores. Mr. Powell loaded the bus with a big envelope in his hands. He stared solemnly and simply said, "One judge...perfect score. Second judge...perfect score." And finally, "Last judge.....perfect score." I've never heard a louder cheer in my life. The group erupted in a tizzy of cheers and hoots. I don't think we could've been more proud of ourselves. Not a single point taken from our ballot. We couldn't have been more thrilled! All the hard work put in by these students and our fantastic directors makes victory that much sweeter. Congratulations guys. Your success is well deserved!

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