Olympia High School hosted the annual Chinook Region Adjudication – more commonly known as the regional band festival – on Wednesday and Thursday.
The event featured 19 bands from area schools in Olympia, Tumwater, Shelton, Yelm and Grays Harbor, said Dan Lundberg, Capital High School’s band director and music coordinator for the Olympia district.
March is traditionally “assessment month” for high school music programs, he said. Bands were judged for their performances, but they weren’t really competing against each other, he said.
“They’re given ratings, but it’s mostly like a checkup,” he said.
Similar events were recently held for high school choirs in Tumwater, and orchestra groups at Capital High School.
The band festival was the first major music event at Olympia High since its band director Scott Pierson died in late February.
District spokeswoman Rebecca Japhet said Pierson’s classes are being taught by a substitute teacher, and the district is looking to fill the position permanently for next year.
Organizers opted not to move the event to a different venue.
“The band (festival) is customarily at Olympia High School,” Lundberg said. “...We wanted to make sure it kept going.”
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