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AMEA 2016 Performing Groups

The Symphonic Band II from Grissom High School is made up of students enrolled in grades 9 - 12. About 60% of the band is 9th and 10th graders. They are selected to be a member by audition and meet every day for 50 minutes. They have two after school rehearsals during concert season for 2 hours each. The band presents four concerts a year at the school; a Fall Concert, a Christmas Concert, a Symphonic Band Camp Concert, and a Spring Concert. This ensemble consistently performs grade 5 and some grade 6 literature. In 1994, the Symphonic Band II was selected by audition as one of fifteen bands to perform at the 3rd Annual Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Chicago, Illinois. Grissom was the first high school to have 2 bands invited to perform at this prestigious festival. The band recently participated in the Dixie Classic National Adjudicators Invitational Festival in Chattanooga, TN. Bands are invited to this festival based upon their previous years of superior ratings at their state’s MPA. This year the band received all superior ratings and were awarded the only flute and trumpet soloist awards of the day. The percussion section received the only outstanding percussion section award of the day. The Symphonic Band II has rarely received less than an overall superior rating in any adjudication. In recent years at the state’s Music Performance Assessment the band has received superior ratings with distinction. It is an honor to have been selected to perform at the 2016 Alabama Music Educators Association’s Conference!

James Clemens High School opened in August of 2012. In its first year, the JCHS Marching Band fielded 87 members, earning superior ratings at all marching competitions as well as Best in Class Band and Best in Class Percussion awards. The following Spring, the Symphonic Band earned Superiors with Distinction at State Music Performance Assessment, performing an A class program. The Symphonic Band also competed in Atlanta, GA, receiving a superior rating, outstanding brass, and outstanding woodwind awards. In its second year, the band grew to almost 130 members in the marching band, and was able to divide into a Wind Ensemble and Concert Band in the spring of 2014. Performing a class A program, the Wind Ensemble received Superiors with Distinction, and was the only band in the Madison City School system to earn this rating. In the fall of 2014, the marching band grew to almost 160 members and continued its reputation of superior ratings and Best in Class Awards. In the spring of 2015, the band performed a class AA program, receiving straight superior ratings, and once again was the only band program in the system to do so. The Wind Ensemble also competed in St. Louis, MO and received a superior rating and the Outstanding Instrumental award, given to the highest scoring instrumental ensemble at the event, regardless of class. The James Clemens High School Wind Ensemble strives to “Be the Example” in all areas. From programming quality literature to performing that literature with excellence, the ensemble’s goal is to be a standard bearer for music education.

The Kitty Stone Singers elementary choir, under the direction of Lisa Gillespie and Cheryl Wight, consists of fourth through sixth grade students who meet once a week after school. The ensemble has been a fixture in the Jacksonville City School system throughout the school’s history. The choir maintains a membership enrollment of 60-80 singers yearly. The Kitty Stone Singers perform in a variety of community events including the Jacksonville State University Honor Choir Festival, the annual Lighting of the Jacksonville Christmas Tree and the JSU David L. Walters Department of Music holiday program. The choir enjoys performing both traditional repertoire as well as show choir style musicals.

The Jacket Singers are McAdory Middle School’s top female choral students. This group represents their school at various functions, including concerts, fine arts galas, pep rallies, festivals, and various community events. The Jacket Singers routinely receive superior ratings on stage and in sight-reading at adjudicated performance assessments, earning the Alabama Vocal Association’s Distinguished Musicianship Award in 2015.

Founded in 1977, Mobile’s Singing Children (“MSC”) has been the premier youth chorus on the northern Gulf Coast. Performing choral music of the highest quality drives our children and teens toward

excellence in song, spirit and studies. Organized into four age and skill appropriate ensembles, MSC provides opportunities for a diverse group of dedicated music students. Headquartered in Mobile Al, students are drawn to the program from many locations within a 60-mile radius. “MSC” performs regularly with Mobile Opera and Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Over its 39 year history, MSC has performed in hundreds of venues including the White House, Governor’s mansion, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and appeared on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”. Our performances for the 2015 -16 season include Veterans Day with Mobile Pops Band, Governor’s mansion, Annual Christmas Concert at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, and a spring performance with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. We are honored to be a part of the 2016 AMEA Conference.

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