SJHS Band Rocks at the Festival

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Trumpets? Flutes? Drums? OH MY! Students at Springville Junior High School that are involved in eight or ninth-grade band have the opportunity to participate in a band festival, held at UVU. And, for the ninth-graders, another festival will be at Salem Hills High School. The festival at Salem Hills High School will be held April 28th from 9:00am to 1:30pm. The UVU festival will be held at the beginning of May.

The band students in eight and ninth grade are humming the songs they are learning in the hall and are tapping various rhythms on desks with pencils and pens. Their enthusiasm is shared by Mr. Booth, the band teacher at Springville Junior High School.

“The eighth and ninth graders have been practicing songs for the festival since the beginning of January,” said Mr. Booth. He explained that the band students have been working “very hard” to prepare for the festival.

“I think the festival is going to be amazing!” Nik Grosland, eighth grader at Springville Junior High School, declared enthusiastically. Paige Smith, a ninth grader at SJHS, is also excited “to get away and play music.”

When the band arrives at UVU they will rehearse their songs in the practice room until it is their turn to play. Each group will perform in front of a judge who will evaluate the performance and give a rating.

“I enjoy participating in festivals because you get to listen to other groups perform,” Mr. Booth said. “The UVU Festival has bands that come from all parts of the state of Utah!” But when the band festival is a lot of fun, it is also a way to help students progress in their playing abilities.

“I think the festival is important because it helps us improve how we play,” said Brandon Peterson, ninth grader at SJHS.

Good luck at the festival band students!

Camilla Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer