Kingwood band earns excellent rating at Festival Disney

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The Kingwood Christian School band helped spread cheer for children facing terminal illnesses, and earned an excellent rating at a competition during the same trip earlier this month.

The KCS band traveled to Kissimmee, Florida, on March 9 to perform a Christmas concert for children and their families at Give Kids the World Village. Each Thursday, Give Kids the World celebrates Christmas for families of children who have terminal illnesses through the village’s “vacation week” program.

“It is a blessing for the Concert Band to be a blessing to others through music,” said KCS Band Director Tyra Cutcher.

The following day, the band performed at Festival Disney in Orlando, Florida, in the ballroom of the Americas at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The band competed in Class A at the festival, which includes bands for ninth-through-12th-graders at high schools with an enrollment of fewer than 600 students.

Kingwood, which has a sixth-through-12th-grade enrollment of 202, joined the other Class A bands in earning an excellent rating for their performance.

The festival judges included Dr. Rufus Jones Jr., director of orchestral activities at Broward College, Dr. William Malambri, professor of music/director of bands at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Dr. Catherine Rand, director of bands and associate professor of music at the University of Southern Mississippi.

“KCS was only 0.7 away from receiving the ‘Best in Class’ award! The judges were very strict in grading and consistent. Only one concert band out of all the high school concert band classes: A, AA, and AAA received a superior rating,” Cutcher said. “KCS has a young band this year with 15 middle school students and nine high school students. They had a wonderful performance! We are proud of them!”