Six Toombs County High School guitarists score superior ratings in competition

The Toombs County High School Guitar Ensemble earned straight superior ratings at the Giocoso Guitar Festival in Suwanee on Saturday March 2nd. Band director Noah Bullard is a guitarist and he has been working with this group for two years. “It is pretty complicated. It is music in four parts. They are judged on tone quality, technique, balance, interpretation and musical effect,” Bullard said. 

Carlo Latoy performed as a soloist and he received a superior rating. “Carlo did a very good job. He was adjudicated by the director of guitars at Reinhardt University.”

Latoy along with Alex Meads, Jayden Walters, Tony Walker, Clayton Creamer and Juan Guttierez have all advanced from the beginner stage to this point rather quickly. “Most of them started from scratch. They are in my guitar classes at high school and the ones that I took to this event have been in my classes for at least two years. I taught them at a beginning guitar level and now they are at a more intermediate level.”

The Saturday trip to Atlanta for this competition was a first for TCHS. “This was the first time going to this event and I really didn’t know what to expect because we were going up against schools like Jonesboro High School and St. Pius, but I was really pleased with the results,” Bullard added.

Bullard’s desire is to have one or more of his students to receive a college scholarship, “Reinhardt has a program and these guitarists can transition to college with performances like these. The programs at these universities they will most likely offer them music scholarships.”       

Carlo Latoy
Juan Guttierez
Alex Meads
Alex Meads, Jayden Walters, Tony Walker, Clayton Creamer, Carlo Latoy and Juan Guttierez
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