Middle School Students Noted for Their Musical Performance

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Music and celebration was in the air as middle school students from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) brought home accolades from the recent District 13 Music Performance Assessment (MPAs). The MPAs are organized opportunities for Florida bands and choral groups to perform and receive feedback from qualified judges. The events are part of the Florida Vocal Association which promotes the music interests in Florida’s secondary schools.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent supports the vibrant music programs in schools across the District.  “Our students are extremely talented, and we are committed to providing quality opportunities for them to exercise their talents and enrich their experiences.  Music education has many valuable attributes including engaging opportunities to expand students’ creativity and problem solving skills.”

Eleven middle school bands from SLPS attended the MPAs hosted by Treasure Coast High School and received a total of four Superior Ratings and seven Excellent Ratings.  Specifically, each school received the following:

Superior Ratings

  • Northport Middle School Concert Band (Director Brian Hoce)
  • Southport Middle School Concert Band (Director Jim LeBon)
  • Oak Hammock K-8 School Osprey Band (Director Amy Isenhower)
  • Palm Pointe Educational Research School Palm Pointe Concert Band (Director Jason Hatfield)

Excellent Ratings

  • Allapattah Flats K-8 Symphonic Band (Director William Cromer)
  • Forest Grove Middle School Concert Band (Director Joseph Colombo)
  • Lincoln Park Academy Concert Band (Director(s) Matthew Karram and Jason Albert)
  • Manatee Academy Concert Band (Director Ashley Egan)
  • Southern Oaks Middle School MPA Band (Director Joann S. Kinder)
  • St. Lucie West Middle School Concert Band (Director Jennifer Rosser)
  • Westgate K-8 Band (Director James Lebon)

Director Jim LeBon of Southport Middle School said, “I am very humbled that the Southport Middle School Band received straight Superiors on stage and in sight reading. My students worked very hard, and I am proud of their efforts and appreciate the parents who were so helpful.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.


Author: Lydia Martin

Staff - (Changed 6/1/2022 11:25:02 AM)