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Tahoe-Truckee schools’ bands earn superior rating

From left, Ryan Heisinger, Jackson Shaw and John Humphreys representing North Tahoe High School, and Kevin Cross and Nicole Pendelton representing Truckee High School, accept trophies for their school bands.
Courtesy TTUSD |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Every year, the California Music Educators Association supports music festivals to be held in our region. Our Northern Region covers most of the upper east portion of California.

Because remote towns are so spread out, our region chooses to split the festival for economic reasons. Since Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is in the farthest corner of our section — with the largest contingent of performing bands — our local schools annually host our portion within TTUSD.

Every year, the ratings of each band are posted, and there has been a “healthy” competition between the Truckee side of our district and the lake side of our district. For the first time this year, bands worked together to promote the educational aspects of the entire school district’s strong music program.

With permission from the state to try this approach, all the students worked together for a common goal. Band directors can now use this synergy, instead of competition, to motivate students and improve all of our school district musicians and build band programs.

The event was successful with students working for a common goal, and students were excited about the new format.

Thirteen bands played from four TTUSD schools — Alder Creek Middle School bands directed by Mr. Randy Humphreys, North Tahoe School bands directed by Ms. Lena Meyer, Truckee High School bands directed by Mr. Jesse Steele, and North Tahoe High School bands directed by Mr. Dean Nordby.

The two judges of the festival awarded the TTUSD bands a “superior” rating as a district. Their ratings included nine “superior” bands, two “excellent” bands and two “good” bands.

A superior rating is an “A,” an excellent rating is a “B,” a good rating is a “C,” a fair rating is a “D”, and a poor rating is an “F”.

The annual music festival was a great experience that culminated with awarding “superior” trophies to the bands. Our entire school district should be proud of our superior band programs, their teachers and their hardworking student musicians.

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