SHERBURNE – For the first time in more than a decade, the Sherburne-Earlville High School band is being pitted against one another in a competition for bragging rights and the title of “best” musicians.
Under counsel of S-E Band Director Jeff Manwaring, the band’s been split into two, each half getting a student conductor and a nearly even number of their bandmates to play an arrangement selected by students.
Both bands have been rehearsing for weeks. Their intent? To earn the highest score from a panel of judges comprised of music teachers from the S-E elementary, middle and high schools.
“I think they’re doing really well, and they’re going to be ready to perform,” said Manwaring.
This is the first Battle of the Bands S-E has hosted since 2004. And given the involvement of students – and the learning opportunities – it’s something likely to continue in the coming years, Manwaring said.