Lakeview Band Earns Superior and Excellent Ratings at District Festival


The Lakeview Junior-Senior High School Band performed at the L. M. E. A. District II Concert Band Festival March 14 at Pineville High School. They received Superior and Excellent ratings for their concert, in which they performed Mark Williams’ arrangement of the Colonel Bogey march by Kenneth Alford; Scenes of Russia by Elliot Del Borgo; and Arabian Dances by Roland Barrett.

Eighth grade percussion student Amber Hembree commented, “My favorite piece was Scenes of Russia by Elliot Del Borgo. I liked that piece because it was very beautiful and showed off all the technique the band had. It also challenged the band in many different ways.” Amber also remarked that, “What I enjoyed most about this experience was the memories we made as a band. ‘Band is family’ is my favorite saying.”

The band also earned a Superior rating in sight reading, an event in which the band director has eight minutes to teach a piece that students and their teacher have never seen or heard before, then immediately perform it for adjudication. The Lakeview band earned straight A’s in the sight reading category.

The Lakeview Band is under the direction of Ms. Denise Roper, a graduate of Louisiana State University.

Band members pictured on front row from left are Brenden Allen, Shaquera Reliford, Courtney Mosley, Olivia Litton, Adriunhya Gray, Zoie Britt, Destinee Britt, Hailey Thompson, Amber Hembree and Kentrae Jones. On back row are Kain Custis, James Earp, Dylan Marr, Jo Porter, Joshua Graham, Myla Porter, Serenity Beavers, Za’Chary Jackson, Mathew Johnson, Kedreion Pattain, Destiny Driver and Heather Mosley.