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CCMS band recognized by board of education

By Gary Lloyd

CLAY — The Clay-Chalkville Middle School band earlier this week was honored by the Jefferson County Board of Education.

The band on Dec. 6 participated as a feature ensemble at the Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic. Band Director Chris Walker said the clinic went “very well.”

“The students gave a great performance for hundreds of directors and students from all over the South,” Walker said. “We were receiving congratulation emails, texts and Facebook messages all last week from people from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.”

The band performed for more than 400 middle school band students and directors. Only two middle school bands throughout the Southeastern United States are invited each year. Flat Rock Middle School from Tyrone, Ga., was the other band invited to perform.

Walker said the invitation came through evaluation of the band’s history of success over the years. The Clay-Chalkville Middle School band has approximately 400 members in the sixth through eighth grades. The band is under the direction of Walker and Erin McLaughlin.

The Clay City Council in October approved a proclamation stating that Dec. 6 would be Clay-Chalkville Middle School Band Day in honor of the band’s performance at the clinic.

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