The Du Quoin Middle School band competed last Saturday at the annual Illinois Grade School Music Association's organizational contest held at Marion Junior High School.
The 80-member band received a "First" rating from all three judges. They performed a selection of three pieces of contrasting styles.
The band opened competition with a march entitled "March from First Suite in E-flat" by Gustav Holst and arranged by Michael Story. Their second selection was a slower ballad titled "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Chesnokov and arranged by Michael Brown. Their final piece was a piece entitled "Encanto" by Robert W. Smith.
The band has been working toward the contest since January. Members' time and effort paid off, and the performance was also the debut of their brand new uniforms.
The band's next performance is the annual Spring Concert Sunday, May 7 at Du Quoin High School.