Urbana School District Monthly
April 2009
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UMS, UHS Music Programs Compete in Area Contests

Band teacher Karen DeBauche conducts.
Band teacher Karen DeBauche and the UMS music department recently received many awards in a music competition in Rantoul.

The Urbana High School and Urbana Middle School Programs were recently in the spotlight as many groups competed in band and chorus competitions and won many awards.

The music department of Urbana High School participated in the Illinois High School Association’s State Solo and Ensemble Contest held on March 7, 2009. This event was hosted by the UHS Band Department. UHS received 52 “Division 1” ratings, 21 “Division 2” ratings, and 3 “Division 3” ratings while receiving 375 sweepstakes points out of a possible 510 points.

In addition to these results, the following students were awarded “Best of the Day” for their events:

The UMS Music Program was also busy last month. The 6th grade band, 7/8th grade combined band, concert band, concert orchestra, and 7/8th grade choir went to a contest in Rantoul. The 7/8 band received a "I" rating, the Concert Orchestra a "I" rating and the 7/8 choir a "II" rating. A “I” rating is deemed “superior” and a “II” rating is deemed “excellent.”

Teachers Karen DeBauche, Erin Lodes, Ellen Elrick, Angela Englishharden, Bethany Schmitt, and Linda Vaughn conducted the various UMS bands and choirs.

“UMS has been participating for many years and has an excellent track record,” says Middle School Band Teacher Karen DeBauche. She continues, “We all hope that contests help our students to understand and experience how special it is to make great music with their peers and that it's fun to work hard to perform challenging music. They develop a higher standard of musicianship and always come away with a great sense of pride for the Urbana Music Program. Most importantly, we want them to develop a sense of self-confidence in their musical and performance skills.”

DeBauche also says that it was fun seeing the students improve as they prepared for the contest. “We are all proud of the achievements our students have made. The improvement shown by all the groups was significant as they prepared to perform at contest. All the comments received from the judges were positive and helpful in helping our students achieve at a high level,” she says.

Congratulations to all UHS and UMS music programs!

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