Liberty Band Excels at Competition and Prepares for State

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The Liberty Band traveled recently to the Texas Private School Music Education Association (TPSMEA) for its Solo and Ensemble competition in Dallas. 

“Wow! It was an amazing day for LCS bands,” said Scott Himel, band director. 

Fourteen student events, which include a combination of solos and groups, will advance and represent Liberty at the TPSMEA All-State competition in May. 

“On behalf of all of the directors, congratulations to all of our students for your success,” said Himel. 

In the recent competition, seventy-five Liberty band members from Middle and Upper School competed for more than four hours. More than 1,000 students representing private and public schools from across Texas competed. 

“For more than two-thirds of our students, this event was their first time to compete at TPSMEA,” said Himel.  

Each student participated in either a solo event or a small group event, and most participated in more than one event.

“Solo and small ensembles are 100 percent student led and require a tremendous amount of work by each member of their group,” said Himel. 

The scoring is based on a scale of 1-5, with a rating of 1 as the highest possible score per event. 

In the student entrees, 89 Liberty students received a 1, 24 received a 2, and five received a 3. 

In Liberty’s 47 entered events, 32 events received a 1, 13 received a 2, and two received a 3. 

“I look forward to our band awards night to honor each student for their accomplishments,” Himel said. “Congratulations to all of our band students on a fantastic job.”

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