The competition season winds down with big honors for band students at Dawson Middle School.
The Wind Ensemble had a successful performance at the Peak Music Festival at the UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center. The students received straight superior ratings from all three judges and won Best in Class for CCC. The DMS Ensemble also took home the top award: Outstanding Middle School Band.
The judges also recognized outstanding individuals and sections:
The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band competed last week at the Beach Within Reach Band Contest. Both bands earned straight superior ratings from all three judges.
On April 24, the Concert Band competed at the Peak Music Festival at Wakeland High School and also earned straight superior ratings from all three judges.
The DMS Jazz Band competed at the Chet Baker Educational Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 18. This was Dawson Jazz band’s first ever competition. They receive straight superior ratings from all three judges. In addition, they were won the Premiere Performance award (outstanding band).
The judges also recognized outstanding soloists:
Dawson Middle School invites the community to the final performance of the year, scheduled for next Tuesday, May 12. The band’s annual spring concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Carroll Senior High Auditorium. The performance will feature the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Eubanks Intermediate Band.
On Monday, April 14, 2014 changes are coming to the drop-off patterns for both Dawson Middle and Eubanks Intermediate Schools, located in the 400-500 blocks of S. Kimball Avenue.
Drivers in the area should be aware of the following changes to the schools’ drop-off patterns (see map below):
Due to decreased visibility caused by heavy traffic to the schools’ driveways, the City has posted two new “No U-turn” signs that will be in effect 7-9 am only, Monday-Friday.
Their production of The Crucible received an “Excellent” rating after competing against Medlin Middle School (The Magic Well) and Tidwell Middle School (Persephone).
“Overall the competition was a huge success and Dawson staff and directors are incredibly proud of their hard work,” said Dawson Theatre Teacher, Michael McNay.
Peyton Proksch was recognized as Best Technician for Dawson Middle School. Allie Coates and Emmy Pratt received Honorable Mention acting awards. Anna Chase Lanier and Obinna Megwa received All-Star Cast recognition. Miranda Campin was recognized as the Best Actress of the entire festival.
During competition held on Friday, Feb. 28 the students performed three songs for judges followed by sightreading a piece the students had never seen before.
“I could not be more proud of these gentlemen,” said Whitney Anderson, Carroll and Dawson Choir Director. “They worked so hard to get to this point and to achieve their goal.”
Students who are members of the Carroll and Dawson Choir are: Matthew Chaplowe, Mitchell Groff, Bill Kahn, Will Meagher, Saunders Penn, Sebastian Poorman, Ryan Stevens, Cole Sullivan and Pierson Van den Dyssel.
Due to the recent winter weather, the UIL rescheduled the women’s portion of the competition for the end of March. The combined Carroll and Dawson Middle School Women’s Choir will continue to rehearse until the competition date is official.