• Elly Groh

CHS Band and Chorus to host, perform in annual LGPE

This year, Cairo High School is hosting the annual Large Group Performance Evaluations (LGPE), also known as the District Band Festival and Choral Festival. The Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) has presented this annual event since 1938 to evaluate thousands of performers and musicians.

The CHS Concert Band will perform at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, with Symphony Band to follow at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place at CHS from Wednesday through Friday.

For this performance, each band from the Southwest Region of Georgia meets at a selected school and performs three song selections. The group is also evaluated in sight reading. Sight reading is where a group or individual looks at a piece of music that he or she has never seen before and performs it to the best of his or her ability. In this event, each group will have around five minutes to analyze the piece.

There are five categories of ratings for the two parts of the performance:

Superior - the highest possible score a group can make

Excellent - a tier below superior

Good - the middle score

Fair - a tier below good

Poor - the lowest possible score

If a group is said to have straight superiors, then it refers to them getting the highest possible score in performance and sight reading. The CHS Symphony Band has scored straight superiors in the past, and they aim to do it this year.

This year, the CHS Symphony Band will perform "The Quilting Party March" by John Philip Sousa, "With Each Sunset" by Richard L. Saucedo, and "Variation Overture" by Clifton Williams.

As for the Cairo High School Choir, their LGPE Choral Festival performance will take place on the following Wednesday, Mar.18, 2020. This is the second year in a row that CHS has hosted the Choral Festival; our Chorus has participated for around 30 years, according to Chorus Director Ms. Erikka Edwards.

The Choral equivalent of the Band's Festival has a few differences. For example, choirs from the region only perform two song selections, and each Choir has to have a foreign language piece as well as an a capella piece. They also need to sight read. Sight reading is also referred to as sight singing.

This year, the CHS Chorus will perform "No Need To Knock!" by Sally K. Albrecht and "Estella Blanca," arranged by Victor C. Johnson.

Last year, CHS hosted the LGPE Festival and earned all Superior ratings, so they will hope to repeat that success again this year.

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