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News Release, St. Mary’s Ryken High School

On Saturday, December 1, the St. Mary’s Ryken concert band participated in the Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council Fall Band Festival. 

“I am very happy to announce that we received a two this year!” A score of two is considered excellent. 

Please mark your calendar to support the Fine Arts Department on Friday, December 7(Past) for the Band, Jazz and Orchestra Fine Arts Festival, and on Friday, December 14 for the Choir and Dance Festival. Both performances will include holiday music and are in Romuald Hall beginning at 7 p.m.

SMR Concert Band during the WAMTC Festival. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Kristi Getson.

WAMTC Band Festival:

Students perform one warm up piece followed by two graded selections. The music difficulty is based on a Maryland State Scale ranging from I to VI (a + next to the grade means there are two levels chosen ex. II+ = II & III.) Students are graded by three judges on stage for their prepared pieces. They are judged on Tone, Intonation, Balance, Musicality, Technique, Appearance, Discipline, etc. Judges comments are written and recorded. Every ensemble also must listen to two other ensembles as a group to complete the festival experience.
Judges’ Scores: I = Superior II = Excellent III = Very Good IV = Good V = Participation score