In tandem with Carolina Crown's Partnership in Education, area middle school band students participated in clinics and perform in concert at Winthrop University of Rock Hill, SC, as part of the 17th annual York County Honor Band.
The more than 100 musicians were selected back in December from over 300 applicants. They performed on Wednesday evening, January 27, at the Byrnes Hall on the campus of Winthrop University. The audience was treated to an exciting concert, highlighted by selections from composers Johnnie Vinson, Ed Kiefer, Steven Bryant, Carl Fischer and Bill Locklear.
Carolina Crown has hosted Honor Bands for area middle and high schools since 2000, when six schools participated and 70 students were chosen for the clinic and performance. Through this process, the organization has been able to reach out and give back to the community, providing an exciting and enriching educational experience for local band students and music educators.
This year's clinics were unique for the students. Not only did they have a great time learning from director and clinician, Phillip Riggs, they all met and interacted with two of the compopers of the music they performed. One of the composers, Carl Fischer, met with the students on Wednesday as they rehearsed his brand new piece entitled, Defiance. The students were privileged to perform this piece for the first time in public at the concert on Wednesday. Composer Steven Bryant worked with the band members via Skype on his piece, The Machine Awakes.
Carolina Crown would again like to thank the Arts Council of York County, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, and the South Carolina Arts Commission for their support.
Congratulations to Phillip Riggs on winning the Grammy for Music Educator of The Year! Read more here.