East Hall Band Takes The Stage


To wrap up the last semester of the year, the East Hall High School Band is preparing for one of their most defining competitions, Large Group Performance Evaluation, this March 11th and 13th at Habersham Central High School. The band prepares for this evaluation in order to represent our school against others. 


“Each band has been rehearsing the current repertoire since early January. We have been able to break out into smaller groups and work each piece based on their instrument section. All groups have also participated in several full-groups after school rehearsals.”


This is what Band Director Adam Youngman said about the rigorous process that all of the East Hall bands go through in order to prepare and do well at LGPE. East Hall’s three bands— Concert, Symphonic, and Wind Symphony— are preparing three pieces to play in front of a panel of judges. The judges rate their performance and its factors in order to give feedback and a score to all the bands. They must perform a set of three varying, difficult pieces which is why Mr. Youngman pushes the band to strive for greatness and to work for it. He says,


“Each band is performing very difficult music for their LGPE program. This process is meant to help students grow as musicians so we attempt to select repertoire that will challenge students along with fostering a positive, fun experience. I believe the music we have picked this year has required students to practice and prepare more in order to rise to the occasion.”


The East Hall Bands have been preparing for this evaluation since the beginning of the semester and hope for their hard work to pay off with a superior score overall. 


In order to prepare as best they can for LGPE, the Bands performed a Pre-LGPE Concert this past Tuesday, February 25th at the East Hall Performing Arts Center. The band brought in three judges that critiqued and gave feedback during performances to give a new ear on what needs to be fixed. Mr. Youngman spoke on why the band program hold this concert and said,


“This event is meant to give each group a practice run of the LGPE program two weeks out from their performance date.I believe that it is an essential step in preparing for this annual event.”


Along with the high school’s three bands, the 8th grade East Hall Middle School Band also performed their LGPE performance to also better prepare. 


“Our bands have consistently received superior ratings for the last several decades so it is important that our program upholds the tradition.”


Mr. Youngman hopes to be able to do well with the bands in order to continue the great reputation the band program holds. This is why many band students work to be able to have one more year with superior ratings. 


The community, students, and band director of East Hall anticipate LGPE as it shows the bands That represent East Hall. The Band works extremely hard to be able to showcase their performance and do well for the school. Come support them for LGPE at Habersham High School on March 11th and 13th.