On April 16 the music department traveled to Virginia Beach with over 300 students. Different ensembles from band, choir, and orchestra all competed in the Festival of Music VA Beach.
The band traveled with three groups including the advanced jazz band, wind ensemble, and concert band. Students from each of those ensembles then gathered together to be adjudicated on their marching band parade march. Each group took home 1st place and was awarded a superior rating. The wind ensemble also received the best overall band award.
As for the orchestra, it traveled with one ensemble and was successful like the rest of Shaler Area bands taking home 1st place and a superior rating.
The choir department traveled with three groups including the Chamber, Women’s, and concert choir. Chamber and Women’s choir took home 1st place and a superior rating and the concert choir took home 2nd place and an excellent rating.
The music department as a whole was judged on its musicianship, school pride, courteousness, and behavior throughout the whole competition. An optional award, Esprit de Corps, was given out if the judges felt a department went over and above to prepare. This year Shaler Area was given this award.
“As a whole. I believe that the entire music department represented Shaler Area with pride and excellence as young adults and musicians. Sometimes, it is not just about achieving those high levels of musicianship or performing the most complicated melodic or rhythmic phrase with precision, but it is about learning life lessons of teamwork, support, hard work, and dedication,” Ms. Kristen Demsey, director of choirs, said.