MPA: The Olympics of Concert Band

Janie Spalding, Writer, Photographer

MPA, (or the Musical Performance Assessment), is a prestigious event in the concert band community. Many band from surrounding districts gathered at Decatur High School on Friday to  toot their own horns. After a 15 minute warm-up, bands  headed to the stage perform a 8-12 minute program, then exit for the sight-reading portion of the competition–sight-reading is where members of the band are given music that they have never seen before and are given 8 minutes to analyze the piece, and after that time is up, they have to perform the piece. Bob Jones Concert Band and Wind Ensemble both achieved superior ratings for their performances.