Bethel High School music department receives Blue Ribbon Award
The Bethel High School music department, which includes both the band and choral departments, received awards and accolades for outstanding performance. Recently the departments received superior ratings at the concert band, marching band, and choir assessments.
The concert band received straight superior ratings at the District VIII Concert Band Assessment and the Mighty Marching Bruins received superior ratings at the State Marching Assessment. BHS has been named a Virginia Honor Band for the fourth time. The band is under the direction of Jerald Lancaster.
The BHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble (JazZe) received superior ratings at the District VIII Choral Assessment. The choir also received superior ratings in sight singing. The choral department is under the direction of Karen Vaughan Palmer.
As a result of their outstanding performances, the music department received the Blue Ribbon Award from the Virginia Music Educators Association. In order to be considered for the Blue Ribbon Award, the top performing groups must perform two pieces from approved graded music lists, not to include the warm-up selection. When performing music of two different grade levels the group will be classified at the lower grade level of music. All groups must sight read or sight sing to be eligible for this award at the District Performance Assessment.
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