On March 6, the Booneville advanced band participated in the ASBOA Region 8 Concert and Sightreading Assessment held at Van Buren High School. The band earned superior ratings for their stage performance and superior ratings for sightreading — reading a piece of band music for the first time.

These ratings combined with the superior rating the band earned last October for marching band qualifies them for the coveted ASBOA Sweepstakes Award.

“The Sweepstakes award is the pinnacle achievement of bands in Arkansas. They are very difficult to earn. Booneville has shown that we have a complete, well-rounded band program and the Sweepstakes Award is a testament to that success,” said Brian Rhodes, director of bands for Booneville Public Schools.

Upcoming events for the band program include April 6, Region 8 Solo and Ensemble Contest in Cederville; April 21, Jazz Band performance at the Arkansas State Jazz Festival in Van Buren; and April 26, annual Spring Concet, 6:30 p.m., Booneville High School Auditorium.