Monday, May 18, 2015

Great East Festival

We had a wonderful day at the Great East Festival on Friday May 15th. It was a long day that started early as we started loading the buses at 6:30am. The groups performed for adjudicators at Minnechaug High School. The Chamber Choir and Chorus performed first and were fantastic. The Chamber Choir received a platinum rating for their performance and the Chorus received a gold rating. The jazz ensemble was up next and received a gold medal rating. I was happy for these students as this was the first year this group has been in existence and the first festival performance for them. The Concert band was the final group to perform. They received a silver rating for their performance. The adjudicators spent time with each group in short clinics. The feedback is invaluable as we continue to grow the groups in terms of both membership and musicianship. Each group also received recordings of their performances with detailed judges comments.
The remainder of the day was spent at Six Flags and the weather was wonderful. By all accounts the students had a great time and hopefully added some special memories to their high school and music making experiences.

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