The South Carolina Band Assessments have rated the Irmo Band as Superior. At the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Jazz Performance Assessment held March 4 at Newberry College, the Irmo Jazz Band scored Superior with Distinction, the highest possible designation for jazz bands, receiving a total of 15 out of 15 possible points. This marks the ninth consecutive year the Irmo Jazz Band has received Superior. Additionally, it is the seventh consecutive year the ensemble has received Superior with Distinction.
“The Irmo Jazz band is an amazing group of students who are passionate about music, especially jazz music,” said Irmo Director of Bands Roger Simpson. “The ensemble frequently plays for community functions and people are always amazed that they are only in high school. The designation, Superior with Distinction, is simply an official affirmation of the quality of the ensemble. It is a pleasure to teach these students every day.”
At the SCBDA Concert Band Performance Assessment held March 22 at Lexington High School, the Irmo Symphonic Winds were adjudicated in Class 6, the most rigorous classification. The Symphonic Winds scored Superior with Distinction receiving a total of 25 out of 25 possible points. This marks the Symphonic Winds’ third consecutive Superior with Distinction, eighth Superior in the last nine years and the ensembles’ first Superior with Distinction in Class 6 since 2004. On March 23, the Symphonic Band was adjudicated in Class 4. The Symphonic Band scored Superior receiving a total of 24 out of 25 possible points. This is the Symphonic Band’s first Superior since 2013.
“Both the Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band were challenged this year with more difficult literature than they have performed in the past for the Concert Performance Assessment, but I had no doubt in their abilities to handle the more challenging program,” Simpson said. “We receive top-notch students from Lorrie Turner, the Band Director at Irmo Middle School, who are eager to develop and enhance their musical abilities at Irmo High School. I am honored that both groups received the Superior designations and I know this will encourage them to keep working to take their skills to even higher levels.”