The Richmond Register

February 4, 2013

Madison Middle band to perform for first time at KMEA conference

First middle school from Madison County to be invited

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

MADISON COUNTY —

The Madison Middle School eight-grade band will perform at the Kentucky Music Education Association (KMEA) annual conference Saturday in Louisville.

Although the Madison Central High School band has performed at the conference in years past, this is the first invitation for a middle school from Madison County.

“The students really don’t quite understand what big of a deal this is,” said band director Kerry Evans. “They are an example of the type of music program that should be going on in schools.”

Each year, KMEA hosts a professional conference in Louisville at the Kentucky International Convention Center for teachers of general music, orchestra, choir, humanities and band.

The teachers attend clinics conducted by nationally recognized leaders in the field of music education and are later treated to concerts from the state’s best student performing groups.

Madison Middle was selected through a competitive audition process, Evans said. Directors record their ensembles during the spring of the previous year and submit it over the summer. If selected, the current school year’s students are the students who will perform.

The students will perform for 40 minutes, including a piece called “Junkyard Jam” featuring the Central drumline.

“My kids are fantastic. I’m so blessed to be teaching at this school,” Evans said. Even before he began teaching at Madison Middle “there was a tradition of having a good band program. These students want to live up to those expectations.”

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