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High school band ranked 'Superior'
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The Dawson County High School Symphonic Band competed in a concert at Reinhardt University in Waleska recently, where they received superior ratings on every song and on their overall performance.

"It has been a pretty banner year for us, and I am hoping that leads to some growth in the program next year," said Director of Bands at Dawson County High School Chuck Arnold.

Each spring the Georgia Music Educators Association administers the annual Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE).

The band performed a program that was a full grade level higher than required during their March 10 performance.

Three judges evaluated the performance on three songs: "Go Galop" by Will Huff, "A Shaker Gift Song" by Frank Ticheli and "A Tribute to Grainger" by Chalon Ragsdale.

After their performance, students were given a piece of music that they have not seen. They were allowed six minutes to study it before having to perform it. The band also received superior ratings in this category.