Band receives high ratings at MPA

Jazzy Philipson, Staff Writer – Saturday, March 4, the Lecanto High School [LHS] band attended the Music Performance Assessment event at River Ridge High School in Pasco County. The band performed three songs with band director Bobby Crane, as well an additional song conducted by senior Morgan Lozzi.

After receiving the results and feedback from the judges, Crane expressed his satisfaction with the band’s scores.

“We got straight ‘Excellents,’ which is really, really good actually,” said Crane. “Overall, I’m really proud of how we performed and I think the kids are, too.”

Crane proved to be right, as many of the band students were very confident in their performances, such as junior Laurel Summa.

“I think we did amazing,” said Summa. “We worked so hard throughout concert season, had countless run-throughs and long practices to get where we are, and I think we showed that on stage.”

Summa has been playing the flute for five years and was second chair during the event. This was the third MPA she attended.

(Pictured from left to right) Kylie Akin, Hallie Becker and Rayana Hamilton smile on their way home from MPA after receiving straight "Excellent"s and a "Superior" on their performances. (Photo: Hamilton)

(Pictured from left to right) Kylie Akin, Hallie Becker, and Rayana Hamilton smile on their way home from MPA after receiving only “excellent” and “superior” ratings on their performances (Photo: Hamilton).

“Despite performing on stage many other times, this MPA still meant a lot to me,” said Summa. “Every performance does. I gain experience and build a stronger relationship with my fellow musicians each time I play with them.”

Senior Morgan Lozzi led the student conductor piece during the event and was pleased with the “superior” score the band earned for this event.

“I thought it went really well and we gave it our best,” said Lozzi. “We played From Shire and Sea composed by Albert Oliver Davis. I was really excited about conducting a piece myself.”

Lozzi has been the band’s clarinet section-leader for two years now, has attended four MPAs, and believes they have all had a positive effect on her growth as a musician.

“They’ve helped me to better myself and flourish as a musician,” said Lozzi.

After the band performed, they were taken into another room to be tested on their sight-reading skills. According to senior Shannon Picard, this year’s MPA took a different approach to the matter than they’ve previously seen.

“It went really well,” said Picard. “It was a bit of a surprise, however, because the MPA organization changed the way sight-reading is done. Now, it’s done out of a booklet rather than full individual pieces, which was new compared to what we were used to.”

Despite the unfamiliar territory, Picard believes the band’s performances really shone during the MPA.

“We practiced hard and we played our hearts out on stage, but I think there’s always room for improvement,” said Picard.