The Knox Instrumental Music and Dance Department and Knox Community Middle School was host to fifteen middle school bands this past Saturday for the annual Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Junior High, Middle School and Elementary Organizational Contests. The contest is a chance for bands, orchestras or choirs to perform in front of a panel of judges where they can receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or Participant rating. Knox Middle School entered their 7th grade band, conducted by Mr. David Elliott, and 8th grade band, conducted by Mr. Craige Phipps into the competition where they both were awarded Gold ratings.
“I am very proud of the hard work that both of our groups demonstrated,” said Director Craige Phipps. “Their dedication to a tradition of excellence means more to us than the result, however it is very nice to have a Gold rating to remind us that the dedication can be rewarded.”
The Middle School bands will perform a concert that is open to the public and free of charge on Wednesday, April 6th, at 7:00 p.m. in Weinberg Gymnasium. Knox High School Band will compete in the ISSMA High School organizational contest on Saturday April 16th, 2011 at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana.