March 14, 2016 – Congratulations to the Chipman Junior High School Advanced Band for earning the highest possible rating of Unanimous Superior at the tenth annual Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Junior High/Middle School Band and Orchestra Standards Festival held at California State University, Bakersfield. Special recognition was also received by Stiern Middle School’s Advanced Band who earned a superior rating. Approximately 1,000 students from 18 bands and orchestras from throughout the District performed and were then given an educational clinic from a professional adjudicator.
“I felt we were very confident in our performance, and the adjudicators were able to critique us and give us tips on how we can improve,” said Sequoia Middle School bass clarinet player Selma Alvarez.
The festival is an opportunity for the District’s music faculty to focus on instruction with the goal of improving student achievement. Created in 2006 to benchmark student progress for performance in band and orchestra classes, the event has grown in participation by 120%. Student performance standards have improved, with most ensembles earning Excellent or Superior Ratings over the past several years.
Congratulations to all the bands, orchestras, and their directors on their performances at the festivals.