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An iPad community showcase will be May 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Westwood Elementary School multi-purpose room. There will be chances to learn…

iPad Community Showcase

An iPad community showcase will be May 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Westwood Elementary School multi-purpose room.

There will be chances to learn iPad basics, explore apps that are used by the students and see examples of student work on the devices. The showcase will provide community members a free opportunity to experience the district’s elementary iPad initiative.

Registration is required by calling 440-729-6812 by May 20. Space is limited.

WG Band Rates Superior

The West Geauga Symphonic Band competed at the OMEA Northeast Region State Band Adjudicated Event State Contest on April 25. The group performed three pieces of music at North Royalton High School for a panel of three adjudicators.

The adjudicators listen to all contest selections, provide constructive feedback in written comments and give the band an overall rating based on their performance. After it performs on stage, the band goes to a separate room to sight read a piece of music for a different adjudicator. The band is handed a piece of music it has never seen or played before, and the students have four minutes to study the piece of music.

After their four minutes end, the director discusses the piece with them going over performance strategies, notes/rhythms, musical elements. While this process is occurring, students are not allowed to play their instruments. After the four-minute study period and four-minute discussion, the band must play the piece from beginning to end and receive a rating from the sight-reading judge based on its performance.

The rating system for the event is I -II – III – IV – V , with “I” being an outstanding performance and “V” being a very poor performance. The WG Symphonic Band received an overall rating of “I” at this event. This is the highest rating a performing group can receive at an OMEA District Contest.

To help support the West Geauga bands, West Geauga Band Boosters will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on May 9 at the Mayfield Church in Chester Township. All proceeds will be used to help fund the instrumental music programs in the West Geauga School District.

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