The Neligh-Oakdale band, mixed chorus and jazz choir earned top scores in the 2014 District Music Contest on Friday.
"The students had some amazing performances and I am so proud of them," Director Nate Metschke said. "I want to thank Patricia Miller for playing the piano and for all of her help with the Mixed Chorus and Jazz Choir! I also want to thank our student teacher Emily Derby for all of the help she gave our students this semester! These ladies are outstanding and both played a major role in all of the success yesterday!"
All large groups are judged by three people and the rubric for a 1 rating is a score of 7-10 and a 2 rating is a score of 11-17, and a 3 rating is a score of 18-24.
The N-O Concert Band received a 1 for their performance. They were the only band to receive a 1 all day. The judges scores for the band were 8, 10, and 12.
The N-O Mixed Chorus received a 1 for their performance. The judges scores for the mixed chorus were 8, 8, 9!
"This was absolutely incredible!" Metschke said. "The mixed chorus earned a plaque as every judge gave them a 1 rating! This is the first plaque that NOHS has received since 1993 for the mixed chorus! This day will always hold a special place in my heart as I am so proud of these young men and women! They have worked so hard this year and are very deserving of this high honor!"
New to N-O this year was the Jazz Choir - they also received a 1 for their performance. The judges scores for the jazz choir were 7, 7, 9. They received two perfect scores with the 7's and they also earned a plaque as every judge gave them a 1 rating.
"I'm so honored to be teaching in such a great community and lucky to be surrounded by such neat students in class everyday," he said.