Malta Eagle Band makes history
Eighteen Malta ISD fifth and sixth graders made school history, when Malta School’s first band brought home a superior rating from the recent Redwater Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Up until this year, Malta, a Pre-K through 6th grade school, had never offered a band program. Current Malta ISD music teacher and retired NBISD band director Margie Manning saw the need to remedy that. “What was happening when I was in New Boston is that we were getting these great kids from Malta in our band program, but they would always be a year behind,” she explained. “So I went to the administration here at Malta and they were willing to help me begin a program here. The main goal for the program was so that when these kids leave Malta to go to New Boston, DeKalb, or Simms, they will be familiar with the instruments, and be able to read music and count. Then they aren’t so far behind the other kids their age who have already had a year of band.”
Six 6th graders and twelve 5th graders signed up for the program, and hit the ground running when they played at Malta School’s Veteran’s Day Assembly, just a few weeks after starting on their instruments. They also performed with New Boston ISD’s beginner band at their Christmas Concert earlier in the year, before playing “La Cucaracha” in last week’s contest in Redwater. “They did a great job at their first contest,” said Manning. “The judges had a lot of positive comments for them, and encouraged them to continue playing and stay in band. I was very pleased with their performance.”
Malta ISD Superintendent Stacey Starrett was pleased as well. “The students have worked very hard this year and the distance they have come has been incredible,” said Starrett. “We are fortunate to have Ms. Margie Manning as a director. She does a great job of introducing music to our kids. She is a very valuable asset to our district. We are also proud of how our band performed. We hope that more students will take advantage of this opportunity at our school in the future.”
The Malta School Band’s final performance of the year will take place on Wednesday, May 22 when they perform for the Malta student body and faculty.