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The West Bladen High School Concert Band traveled to the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole
Auditorium on the campus of Richland Community College, in Hamlet, on Wednesday, March
22 nd to participate in the Southeastern District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association’s
(NCBA) Music Performance Adjudication or MPA. The band, under the direction of Mr. Alan
Martin, performed a series of musical pieces on which they were evaluated by judges. The
Knights proudly brought home an EXCELLENT rating from the music festival.

Sponsored by the NCBA, the festival offers a performance opportunity for students and directors
resulting in a critical assessment, by highly qualified experts in band performance, of the quality
of their performances. The festival is the only state-sanctioned event that provides a summative,
standards-based assessment, designed to measure student performance as related to the goals,
objective, and grade-level competencies specified for band in North Carolina. Band directors and
students perform for and learn from their peers in a formal concert venue, and are able to connect
quality preparation with quality performance and continued growth.

West Bladen is proud of the tradition and spirit of band at the castle, and is appreciative of the
hard work of these students and Mr. Martin throughout the school year.