James Island Middle hosts concert festival camp, clinic

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (CCSD/WCIV) - James Island Middle School hostedthe Bands of the Islands first concert Festival Camp, Clinic, and ConcertExperience on Feb. 1-2.{}{}{}{}

Students from theJames Island Middle School Honor Band, Fort Johnson Middle School Honor Band,and James Island Charter High School Festival Band all converged at JamesIsland Middle School after school on Friday.{}

Each group rehearsedseparately beginning Friday, Feb. 1, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., and Saturday,Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.{}

The students{}were under thedirection of Commander Mike Alverson, The Citadel Director of Bands, LanieRadecke, Assistant Director of Bands at Wando High School, and Chris Bluemel,The Instrument Doc and former military musician.{}

These three directorsworked as clinicians for each of the groups, rehearsing and teaching thestudents comprehensive musicianship, and imparting their invaluable knowledgeto the budding musicians.{}

They also shared their joy and love of music,encouraged students to continue playing their instruments and{}to enjoy alifetime of musical adventures. The clinicians and students{}finishedthe weekend with{}a Community Concert on Saturday in the James Island Middle School Gymnasium.{}

Fort Johnson HonorBand was under the direction of band director Jay Jehl and Radecke. The James Island Middle Honor Band was under the direction ofband director Gary Stroupe and Cmdr. Alverson. The James IslandCharter High School Festival Band was under the direction of band directorNeville Curtis and Bluemel.{}

After only two days of rehearsal, eachgroup{}was able to perform two of the three selections they will take tothe State Festival for Concert Band.

In addition to{}working with{}guest conductors, the students alsoparticipated in a Master class experience for an hour and a half. Aprofessional musician assessed the student's playing skills, then worked tostrengthen the students in tone production, musicality, and shared theirknowledge of what it means to be and how to become a professional musician.{}

All clinicians and masterclass teachers commented on how professional and well behaved the studentswere. All three band directors were excited for the upcoming concertseason for their students, and look forward to prepare the students to competein the South Carolina Band Director Association's State Concert Festival inMarch.{}

The Bands of the Island will perform their full programs on March14 at the James Island Charter High School Gym. The concert isfree and open to the public.