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By Elizabeth Tanner
The Post Dispatch
Earning straight 1’s at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Region Contest in Sundown, Texas on Thursday, March 11, the Pride of Post Concert Band received the Sweepstakes Award, an accomplishment that only adds on to their 2020-2021 state advancement earlier this year.
“It has been truly amazing watching them,” Director Aaron Rathbun said. “They’ve all done their absolute best this year.”
To earn the Sweepstakes Award, a band must receive First Division ratings in both the concert and sight-reading portions of the contest.
In the concert portion, each band prepares a concert program of two pieces chose from the Prescribed Music List and a concert march to perform in front of three independent judges for a rating. Immediately following the concert, the band moves to another room for the sigh-reading portion of the contest in which the band director has a set amount of time, usually seven minutes, to teach the band a completely new song that the band has never seen or played. The students have only one opportunity to perform the song in front of three judges for a rating.
The Pride of Post Concert Band, which consists of eighth through 12th grade students, received First Division ratings by all six judges with their performance of “St. Pertersburg March,” “Lullaby” and “Synchronous Energy” which they have been perfecting since January.
“My goal has been for them to remember 2020-2021 as the most successful year they have ever had,” Rathbun said. “I am so proud of them.”