The 2019 Las Cruces All-City Middle School Honor Band will present a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Oñate High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
The 2019 All-City Middle School Honor Band is comprised of 75 selected middle school students from the Las Cruces area who competitively auditioned for the ensemble. Auditioning students were required to perform two major scales, one chromatic scale, one technical etude, one lyric etude, and a short sight-reading etude for an instrument-specific music educator/adjudicator. More than 160 Las Cruces students auditioned for the ensemble. Auditions were held at Sierra Middle School on December 1, 2018.
Selected students received concert music in December and have been individually practicing their parts in preparation for full group rehearsals, which will take place Feb. 4-7 at Sierra Middle School. The week of rehearsals will conclude with the concert presentation on Friday, Feb. 8.
The 2019 All-City Middle School Honor Band will be rehearsed and conducted by Kenneth Capshaw, a highly-acclaimed retired band director from El Paso, Texas. Capshaw is also currently a lecturer for the music department at the University of Texas El Paso. He has earned several notable achievements throughout his career including: World Band Legion of Honor Award, Texas Bandmasters Association Meritorious Achievement Award, induction into the Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame, election to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and has been recognized as Bandmaster of the Year for the Texas Bandmasters Association. Capshaw’s appearance has been generously sponsored by Mike White, owner of White’s Music Box. Capshaw will also be providing a professional development clinic to all LCPS middle school directors on the district designated professional development half-day, Feb. 6.
“So much hard work and dedication goes into this performance,” said Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing. “This free concert is a great opportunity to see all of the talented middle school musicians from across the district performing together on the same stage.”
New this year, in addition to participation in the ensemble, one outstanding student in the honor band will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend New Mexico State University. Capshaw will evaluate all students in the ensemble throughout the week of rehearsals and select one outstanding student, who will be surprised with a scholarship award letter at Friday evening’s concert. The scholarship commitment has been generously provided and coordinated through NMSU music department Director of Bands, Michael Mapp. Mapp will award the scholarship letter to the student in a special presentation during the concert.
For information about this event, please contact the 2019 All-City Middle School Honor Band coordinator and Zia Middle School Director of Bands, Joseph Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-527-9475.
— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, email@example.com