On Dec. 7, St. John’s Wind Ensemble participated in the Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council (WAMTC) Band Festival at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD.
On the first Saturday of December each year, the WAMTC holds a band festival for the Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington. Each school performs a warm-up piece and two selections for adjudication by a panel of three judges. This year, the Wind Ensemble played El Zorro Rojo by Randall Standridge to warm up and then performed Pastorale and Irish Jig by Douglas Akey and Fantasy on Yankee Doodle by Mark Williams. One judge commented, “Nice instrumentation. Great teaching and learning going on…” Following the performance, the group moved to a separate room to play an unfamiliar piece for a sight-reading judge. Band Director Ken Hammann was given two minutes to look over the piece and then an additional three minutes to teach it to the students prior to the performance.
St. John’s Wind Ensemble received four scores of superior (A) from the judges – one for each piece and the sight-reading component. “The students worked hard on all the little details that matter in a good performance. I am most proud of them for not only their accomplishment on Saturday, but for trusting the process that led them to their success,” said Hammann.
Click here to view the Wind Ensemble’s performance.