BandFest at UVic was a huge success for both of our concert bands!
Your kids were all professional, focussed and very hardworking at the festival! Both groups played very well and each one had an amazing clinic with a professional conductor. We also had a chance to listen to other groups perform as well. Students were attentive, respectful of the other groups AND offered positive and critical comments in discussion about what other bands were playing! The Senior Concert Band received a rating of "Excellent" on Thursday! This is a huge accomplishment for this group as they performed a challenging program of Grade 4 (advanced high-school) and Grade 5 (college/university) level pieces. One of the adjudicators commented that, "This IS a fine band playing literature that most high school band would not attempt in performance!"
The Junior Concert Band received a rating of "Superior" from the adjudicators! I am so proud of this group and how far they have come in the last few weeks and months. John White (adjudicator) wrote, "Wow! What a wonderful performance. For a relatively young band there is excellent attention to detail - quality tone, attention to dynamics, ENERGY, and tone quality." Congratulations!
Students, you should be extremely proud of yourselves and what you have accomplished - especially at such a busy time for performing arts at Spectrum. Thank you all and BRAVO! I couldn't be happier!Thank you to all of the parents that helped with driving students and equipment back and forth to UVic!