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Central Middle School band hits right notes, earns impressive 12th ranking Texas

The Central Middle School Symphonic Band from Nederland placed 12th among 2C middle schools at the state level of the TMEA Honor Band taping competition.

In an issued statement, the school said this is a competitive band competition held every two years by classification and includes the best bands from across Texas.

Hundreds of middle school bands competed in three tiers: region, area and state. The competition began at the region level, which was held during the first week of June. Only the first- and second-place bands were allowed to advance to the next tier. The area competition took place during the last week of June and the state competition was held in late July.

During each contest level, five adjudicators listened to the recordings and ranked the bands. Central advanced in all three levels, culminating in the 12th-place state finish.

As part of the TMEA Honor Band process, middle schools were required to submit three selections, including one march, from recordings of competitive concert or festival performances in the current year.

Central’s music selections were Aces of the Air by K.L. King, The Steppes of Russia by Elliot Del Borgo and Blue Ridge Saga by James Swearingen. Central’s submission came from performances that took place in April and May.

Directors for the band are Eric Rose and Jonathan Blake.

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