MC to host East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association March 7-8

MC to host East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association March 7-8

Feb. 27, 2018

The Maryville College Division of Fine Arts and the Clayton Center for the Arts are proud to host the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s (ETSBOA) Middle Area Concert Assessment on March 7-8, 2018.

This two-day series of concerts will feature bands and orchestras from East Tennessee in performance on the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre stage from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. While on stage, the ensembles will be judged by a panel of experts.

After their performance, ensembles will move to another location to “sight-read” – a process that involves the ensemble performing a piece of music they have never seen before while a judge observes. The ensembles are then “scored,” providing the director and students with valuable feedback regarding their learning process.

“While high-stakes assessments seem new to many in education, bands and orchestras have been doing that sort of thing nearly since their inception,” said Dr. Eric Simpson, director of bands at Maryville College. “We are proud to host these concerts and provide an opportunity for this practice to continue.”

Ensembles performing in-concert include: the St. John Neumann Concert Band, the Gresham Middle School 7th Grade Band, the Coulter Grove Intermediate 6th & 7th Grade Orchestra, the South Doyle Middle School Band, the Halls Middle School 8th Grade Band, the Oneida High School Band, the Knoxville Christian Youth Band, the Oak Ridge High School Chamber Orchestra, the Carter High School Symphonic Band, the Knoxville Central High School Band, the Maryville Junior High School Band, the Alcoa High School Concert Band, the Halls High School Symphonic Band, the Lenoir City High School Symphonic Band, the Knoxville Catholic High School Band, the Halls High School Wind Ensemble, the Maryville High School Band, the Alcoa Middle School 7th Grade Band, the Union Grove Middle School Concert Band, the Heritage High School Concert Band, the Concord Christian School Band, the Alcoa Middle 8th Grade Band, the Oliver Springs High School Band, the Gibbs High School Concert Band, the Bearden High School Freshman Band, the Science Hill High School Symphonic Band, the South Doyle Concert Band, the West High School Wind Ensemble, the Bearden High School Symphonic Band, and the Science Hill High School Wind Ensemble.

For the performance time of a specific ensemble, please contact that school or visit https://etsboa.org. The concerts are free and open to the public.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.