Maumelle High School band rated as 'excellent'

The Maumelle High School band was rated as "excellent" at a recent assessment.

The rating is based on performance both musically and marching as well as the overall effect of the show they put on.

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The other high schools in the district — Mills, Robinson and Sylvan Hills — also received similar assessments.

At Maumelle, the band director there, Kerry Blakemore, said his students were ambitious for the assessment, but he knew he students could handle it.

“We’ve made tremendous gains this year as our band is younger and less experienced than ever before,” Blakemore said. “Our band has progressed exponentially in the last week alone. We look forward to taking this momentum into the state competition [this] month.”

The ongoing pandemic has impacted marching bands at Maumelle and across the Pulaski County Special School District as as the majority of the high school marching bands are made up of two classes that have not had previous marching experience -- sophomores and freshmen -- due to Covid-19.

The Arkansas State Marching Contest is at War Memorial Stadium today, Nov. 2, and the marching bands will go into concert band mode once the season is complete.