NHS hosting Region 21 Solo & Ensemble

NHS hosting Region 21 Solo & Ensemble
Posted on 02/02/2021
NHS hosting Region 21 Solo & Ensemble

Region 21’s Band Solo & Ensemble contest will take place Friday and Saturday at Nacogdoches High School. The competition will start Friday afternoon, after classes have let out for the day, and will continue all day Saturday.

The annual competition will be held with a number of coronavirus-related safeguards in place, said Paulette Tomlinson, NISD’s Director of Fine Arts.

“Traditionally, the students have been in pretty close quarters for this competition,” Tomlinson said. “They will be a lot more spread out than usual this time around.”

All competitions for middle school and high school will take place at NHS. The performances in front of judges will be altered enough to make sure social distancing occurs because of COVID-19.

Middle school and high school students will be kept separate, with the respective competitions taking place in different parts of the building.

In Solo & Ensemble competitions, students perform music in a solo setting and with a small group. Students have been working on the music for weeks and will perform in front of judges Friday and Saturday.

“The majority of the work is done individually,” said Tomlinson. “The students take all these things learned from band this year and previously and apply to this performance.”

Students earning a First Division on a Class 1 piece of music are eligible to go on to the state level competition that will take place virtually later this year.

“For some of these kids, it’s high-stakes,” Tomlinson said.

In addition to performing music for judges, NHS band students will function as room monitors, runners and office workers, and NHS band booster parents will oversee hallways and warm-up areas.

Part of the preparation for hosting the contest includes moving pianos around the district to the high school campus, then ensuring the pianos are properly tuned, Tomlinson said.

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