Brady bands receive high marks at contest

The Brady High School varsity band wrapped up the district’s concert and sightreading contests Wednesday when it competed in the regiona contest at Llano. The Brady Middle School band and high school non-varsity band competed last week at their respective competitions. The middle school band scored a first division rating in both categories while the non-varsity band scored a second division rating in concert and a first division in sightreading. In Wednesday’s high school contest, the varsity band returned with an overall first division rating in both concert and sightreading. Those scores combined with the first division the band received in marching contest again qualified the group for yet another sweepstakes award. “I stopped focusing on the sweepstakes awards many years ago,” said band director Butch Crudgington. “It got to be such a focal point, that we began to lose sight of the fact that the music was what we were focused on.” The BHS varsity band received two first division ratings and one second division rating to combine for an overall first division rating. “There was one judge who evaluated bands on his standards throughout the day,” said Crudgington. “I don’t knock him for giving us a two. He judged each band on the same standards and that is what he is hired to do. “I don’t know if any band the entire day received straight ones,” said Crudgington. In the concert competition, bands are required to play at least one selection from lists on AA and AAA difficulty levels. “We played two 4A pieces and one 5A because I believe we are capable of playing that higher caliber of music,” said Crudgington.

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