The Crookston High School Concert Band participated in the Large Group Contest last week at the Crookston High School Auditorium.  The bands receive scores out of 40, with 35 and up being a Superior Rating.  The three judges award Crookston scores of 36, 38, 38 giving them a Double Star Superior Rating. 

While the bands are not competing against each other, they are striving for the highest score they can achieve.  Crookston received the highest scores of any ensemble that performed that day and the marks were also the highest score Crookston has received since Matt Torgerson became band director. 

Torgerson said the scores weren’t too surprising because of the work ethic of the students and the difficulty of the pieces.  “This wasn’t too much of a surprise because these are some of the hardest working students I’ve ever worked with,” said Torgerson.  “The music that I programmed wasn’t easy, however, the students didn’t whine or complain about the difficulty.  Instead, they rose to the challenge and it paid off.  I’m so proud of the work that all the students put into this music.  Student’s taking part in music and the arts is so important.  And it’s not just about the finished product, the entire process helps students to build imagination and intellectual curiosity, learn teamwork, help develop language and reasoning, and so much more.  I believe that these students are better for being a part of the Crookston music and I believe that I am better for getting to work with these students.”