Merryville Band

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Merryville Band - 3 Bands Rated Superior in Music Festival Top...
3 Bands Rated Superior in Music Festival Top ratings were held today today by three of the nine bands judged during the opening day of the third district district Music Festival yesterday yesterday at McNeese State College College in Lake Charles. They were the DeQuincy and Merryville high school bands and r „ C< L ntral elementary band of Lake Charles. The DeQulucy organization, under under the direction of Frank Mathews was ranked superior in both concert concert band and sight reading di"i- Merryville, directed by Byron Shelton, rated superior as a marching marching band. Central, directed by Hussell A superior rating was also given as a student conductor to Charles Burrows of Marion high school nere. Concert band ratings, with the name of the director of each for the others judged yesterday were- Landry of Lake Charles, Eddie See. excellent; sight reading very ;ood West Lake. John L. Babb. exc»l- lent; sight reading, excellent Marion. Margaret Ridley, ex- celient; sight reading, excellent. A.I.C. of Opelousas, Ben Treib-i el, excellent. I Kinder, Howard Smith, very! rood; sight reading, fair. Merryvilje, Byron Shelton excel ent: sight reading, excellent. Student conductor: John Staeg DeQuincy, excellent. Nearly 4.000 students from schools in the Southwest Louisiana section are entered in the festival or the judging of their musical abilities. Ratings are graded downward downward from superior through excellent, excellent, very good, good and fair The three-day festival will continue continue through Friday. More bands will be rated today and tomorrow Also being rated are vocalists, in choruses.- ensembles and soloists; instrumentalists, both in ensembles ensembles and as soloists; and twirlers. twirlers. Of the several hundred ratings (See 3 Bands Rated, on Page 2-3)

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  1. Lake Charles American-Press,
  2. 18 Mar 1954, Thu,
  3. Page 34

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