Wooster High School's Symphonic Band Earns Superior Rating at District-wide Concert

Wooster High School’s (WHS) Symphonic Band recently earned a superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District Large Group Adjudicated Event at Medina High School Performing Arts Center on March 16.

Symphonic Band Director Dan Adams said the band performed very well, rounding out the end to a great year for music at Wooster High School. The Symphonic Band consists of 60 students from WHS, most of whom are 10th through 12th-grade students.

“Wooster’s Symphonic Band performed three selections for three adjudicators and sight-read a piece for a fourth adjudicator,” said Adams. “As a result, we received the highest rating (superior) in the most difficult classification (Class AA). Class AA is determined by the level of difficulty of the music performed, which is generally college-level literature.”

In total, 17 districts make up five regions in the OMEA. Wooster City Schools’ district encompasses schools from Medina, Portage, Summit and Wayne counties. District Large Group Adjudicated Events take place over two weekends across the state, with several designated sites hosting performances from 30 to 40 bands in each district. 

OMEA also sponsors many other events and activities throughout the school year for high school bands in Ohio, including meetings and various honor groups.

Wooster’s Symphonic Band’s performance qualified the group to perform at a State Large Group Adjudicated Event later this spring, where bands from across Ohio will compete for high ratings.

“I am proud of our students in Symphonic Band for continuing to uphold the standard of excellence that we have come to expect from our music program at Wooster High School,” said Tyler Keener, Wooster High School principal. “Thanks to support from parents, teachers, administrators and the community, we truly have an exemplary music program, and it is wonderful to showcase the students’ and music educators’ hard work at these district-wide events.”