Fort Mill High wind symphony selected for national show

joverman@fortmilltimes.comJuly 26, 2013 

— Fort Mill High School’s wind symphony has been selected as a “featured band” for the 2014 Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.

The Fort Mill High School wind symphony will showcase their talents on a new stage in the spring.

The group has been selected as a “featured band” for the 2014 Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.

The wind symphony was recorded during the band’s spring concert earlier this year. The recording was sent to the National Concert Band Festival as an audition. Band leaders received the invitation last week to attend the spring festival.

The National Concert Band Festival is one of the largest in the country. The three-day festival allows students to attend music clinics with top conductors and evaluators from around the country. They also have the opportunity to attend concerts from other selected concert bands.

“They take only the finest applicants from around the country,” Fort Mill High School Band Director John Pruitt said. “It felt really good to be selected from among the finest bands in the country.”

Preparing for the concert festival will be “most rewarding,” Pruitt said, as the wind symphony works towards their “highest level of refinement.”

Students will get invaluable experience from playing on a prestigious stage and gaining feedback from some of the finest conductors in the country, he said.

Symphonic band students will also have the option to travel with the wind symphony, Pruitt said.

“Selection to the Music for All National Concert Festival is one of the most prestigious honors afforded to high school bands, Assistant Band Director Chad Pence said.

“I am incredibly honored and excited for the opportunity to perform in Indianapolis. The concert bands at Fort Mill High School are at the center of our program. I am thrilled to showcase our students on a national stage.”

The trip will have to receive school board approval before it is finalized.

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