Spain Park bands to hold concert before competition

By NATHAN HOWELL / Staff Writer

 

HOOVER — Spain Park High School will host a concert on Feb. 28 featuring performances by the high school’s concert ensemble along with Berry Middle School’s concert bands.

The concert will be held at the Spain Park High School Theater, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The bands are led by director Chris Neugent, and assistant director A.B. Baggett.

The performances will serve as a way to demonstrate the work students have put into mastering their skills for friends and family, but also as a precursor to an upcoming competition.

“Most bands in our area participate in MPA (Music Performance Assessment) sponsored by the Alabama Bandmasters’ Association,” said Baggett. The MPA is a competition that will allow professional judges to assess and critique the performing abilities of the bands.

“The concert will allow the Berry Middle School seventh grade band, the Berry Middle School eighth grade band, and the two Spain Park High School bands to perform their assessment pieces in a concert situation before playing at MPA,” said Baggett. 

The band program has invited directors from other schools to attend the performance and give constructive criticism to help prepare the groups for competition.

The concert bands will participate in the MPA on March 13, and the Symphonic Winds group will participate on the following day. These events are to be held at Vestavia Hills High School.

More information for the events can be found at Spainparkband.org