Bands prepare for annual competition, concert is Sunday

Each Grady County band is making final preparations for next week’s Georgia Music Educators Association “Large Group Performance Evaluation,” commonly referred to as Band Festival.
Next week, March 11-13, 40 Concert Bands from around Southwest Georgia will travel to Cairo to perform in the Cairo High School auditorium before G.M.E.A. judges who will rate their performances.
The Cairo High School bands will preview their programs in a special pre-Festival concert to be held Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.
“We certainly want to invite all of the fantastic supporters and lovers of great music to join us Sunday,” Michael Thomas said, “and perhaps we might get as many people as possible to join us for the Festival performances of each of our Grady County bands. Please join us for the concerts and show your support for our students.”
The bands of Grady County will play for the judges beginning with the middle school bands on Wednesday, March 11. The Cairo High ensembles will perform on Thursday, March 12.
Wednesday performances begin at 9 a.m. with the Whigham School 7th and 8th grade band under the direction of Brad Moore; at 9:30 a.m., the Shiver School 6th grade band performs under the direction of Amy Amaro; the Washington Middle School Band, under the direction of Pat Ballew, plays at 1 p.m.; and at 1:30 p.m., the Shiver School 7th and 8th grade band plays under the direction of Amy Amaro.
On Thursday at 11 a.m., the CHS 9th and 10th grade band performs, and at 2:15 p.m., the CHS 11th and 12th grade band performs, both under the direction of Michael Thomas.
All of the performances are open to the public with no admission costs.

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