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Bradleyville School Band Selected to Perform at State Music Educators Conference

The Bradleyville Screaming Eagle Band will perform at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association conference today at 12:30 p.m. at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.

The Bradleyville Screaming Eagle Band will perform at the 76th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference today (Jan. 23), at 12:30 p.m. at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.
Selection to perform at the conference is the state’s highest honor for performing groups.
Last year 1,860 music teachers attended this four-day conference. It is estimated that with teachers, students, parents, the all-state band, orchestra, jazz band, choir, all-collegiate groups, clinicians and guests the conference foot traffic exceeded 10,000 people.
The MMEA Conference is held each year for Missouri’s music educators and music students, and features a wide variety of concerts and clinics covering a wide variety of educational topics. The conference includes performances by the All-State Band, Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Band.
The Screaming Eagle Band was chosen from over 154 applicants in band, choir, orchestra and jazz band, in public and collegiate level institutions, and was one of only six high school level bands to be chosen.
To be considered, all groups are required to submit a selection of live recordings from their past season and are judged by an out-of-state panel of band directors. Judging is “blind” in that there is no indication of the size of the group, size of school, or age of the performers given to the judges.
Bradleyville’s selection to perform in the high school category is even more impressive since the band is made up of students in grades 7-12. The group that performs at MMEA will include three sixth grade students as well.
“It is quite an accomplishment for a small school to be chosen, and we are so honored to be selected to represent our school, community and state at the MMEA Conference,” said band director Chris Sprague.  “I am humbled by the outpouring of good wishes and offers from the band community to help prepare the band for this occasion. I am so grateful to the schools who have loaned us the equipment that we don’t have, and need, to perform more advanced music. These instruments are quite expensive and we simply can’t afford them.”
She went on to add: “Also, many of the large schools chosen have several directors to help with rehearsals. Our school only has 233 students in grades K-12, so I am the only music teacher on the faculty. We have had so many current and former band directors that have given up their personal time to work with the band over the past few months. I’m so glad my students will have the opportunity to learn from so many experienced and talented musicians who have volunteered to help prepare the band for this performance.”
Clinicians who have assisted the band include Eric Matzat, president, and Aaron Bryan, vice-president of Palen Music Center, Melissa Goff, Mike Steffen, and Erin Cook, road staff at Palen Music Center, Kurt Bauche, retired director from Farmington, Mo., Chris Church, Willard Band director, and Dr. Brian Hopwood, director of Instrumental Studies at Southwest Baptist University.
Bradleyville Schools music director Chris Sprague is the daughter of Barbara and the late Jim Loftis.