The Adairsville Symphonic Band will participate in the Guest Performance Ensemble at the 2022 Young Harris College Honor Band Clinic. The band was invited to the event after a successful performance at the annual GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation in March.
Band director Everett Cannady explained that some of the larger universities host these evaluations. These universities’ band directors hear a band perform either via recording or in person and determine which groups they would like to feature at their honor band events.
This time, the Adairsville Symphonic Band was one of those selected.
Cannady said that this is a great honor for the band, as well as an opportunity to showcase their talent for a fresh audience. Most people are likely more familiar with the marching band that performs in the fall during football games and parades.
“Then we go into the second part of the year where we play some really sophisticated music,” Cannady explained. “We play the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and John Philip Sousa. I wouldn’t say as many people get to hear what we do in that part of the year. […] We perform in the first semester of the year with our Symphonic Band as well, but I would say that the activities of the marching band are the most famous part of what we do in the fall. This gives a little more recognition to what we do in the other part of the year, which doesn’t have as wide of an audience.”
Cannady said that the band would likely play some new materials at the clinic, although there is a possibility that they would bring back a piece that showcases first chair clarinet player, Sydney I., who performed at the digital All State this past school year.
The Young Harris College Honor Band Clinic will be free to the public and will take place on Saturday, January 15 at the Young Harris Performing Arts Hall. The Adairsville Symphonic Band will perform at 6:30 p.m.