Three LMS musicians participate in District Concert Band retreat


On January 21, band students from the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula joined hundreds from the area to audition for the District XV All-District Middle School Honor Bands.

Three Lancaster Middle School students, Emily Kane, Grace Oren and Ainsley Mumford, were selected to be a part of the District Concert Band, reported band director Kenny Flester.

At 11 a.m., February 9, the students gathered at Brooke Point High School, said Flester. In a day-and-a-half they prepared five pieces of music and performed them Saturday afternoon. The students enjoyed the weekend a lot, despite the very long rehearsals.

“It was a great experience,” said Emily Kane. “The music was very challenging.”

The students had the opportunity to work with and spend time with other musicians and learn new things from the guest conductor Brett Higginbotham, from Poquoson Middle School. The concert was a huge success, with the bands playing very challenging music, said Flester.

“I’m always impressed at these events,” he said. “They’ve practiced the music for a day-and-a-half, and it sounds like they’ve been practicing it for two months.”