AMEA 2019 Performing Groups

LIBERTY PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL is located in Vestavia Hills, Alabama and is part of the Vestavia Hills City School System. Built in 2008, the school has a total population of five hundred and thirty students in grades six through eight. Currently, one hundred and twenty-six of those students are enrolled in the band program at Liberty Park. The Liberty Park Band is an integral part of the Fine Arts Department at Liberty Park Middle School. The instrumental program consists of Beginning Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

The LIBERTY PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERT BAND is made up of seventy- two seventh and eighth graders at Liberty Park Middle School. The ensemble is split into a winds class and percussion class. Each class meets daily for fifty-three minutes. We combine the classes as needed before school to prepare for upcoming performances. The Liberty Park Middle School Band has consistently received a Superior rating at the Alabama

Bandmaster’s Association District IV Music Performance Assessment since its inception in 2008. Several of the students are active participants in district level events, honor bands, etc. Approximately ten percent of the ensemble is enrolled in private lessons outside of their regular band class. Since the school opened its doors, the band has traveled annually on a multi-day Spring trip to take part in an out-of-state music festival, competition, or workshop.

The Liberty Park Middle School Choral Department consists of 160 singers in 6th through 8th grades. 7th and 8th Grade Boys Choir is made up of 51 non- auditioned singers. These boys rehearse everyday in two separate 53 minute long classes. performance.

They only rehearse together one or two times before a

The Miles College Choir is a choral ensemble consisting of auditioned students who have a devotion and appreciation for music. The students who are a part of the Choir strive to present a high quality choral experience by performing all genres of music with excellence. To continually nurture the smaller ensemble which evolves from the Choir, The Golden Voices is a smaller group comprised of elite singers selected from the Choir and chosen by the Director to present an equally excellent performance in the ensemble arrangement. Both choral ensembles perform on and off campus throughout the year and present repertoire of diverse musical styles and various historical periods. The Miles College Choir and The Golden Voices serve as the College Choir and as the Presidents Choir and is the official choral representative of the institution. Membership is by audition only and scholarships are available. Under the leadership of our President, Dr. George T. French, we exude the message of Culture, Class and Civility through song. The Miles College Choir has journeyed to many places displaying outstanding performances and garnering great accolades as they travel throughout the country. The Choir is presently under the direction of Mrs. Valerie R. Harris and she is assisted by Mr. Patrick J. Whitehead.

Muscle Shoals High School is located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The Muscle Shoals area is considered to be “The Hit Recording Capitol of the World” thanks to Fame and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios famous hit recordings from the 70’s and 80’s. Today these two studios still exist and the area is considered a hot bed for young and rising musical talent. The Muscle Shoals High School Wind Ensemble has existed for only one year due to the growth of the concert program at Muscle Shoals High school. The high school symphonic band has received superior ratings at MPA for 24 consecutive years. This trend began under past director Pat Stegall. The Wind Ensemble is now under the direction of Mr. David Waters along with assistant directors Jessica Hood and Daniel Seay. These three directors team teach all grades 6-12 on two different campuses.

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