The Lake Shore Senior High Bands, under the direction of Eric Blodgett and Carrie Poissant, had a successful competition at the Performing Arts Consultant’s National Music Festival at the College of Staten Island in New York City. The students were on tour from April 18 through April 21.
The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble competed against groups from across the country and were adjudicated by a panel of nationally renowned judges. Both bands placed first in each of their classes, with Wind Ensemble receiving the honor of grand champions, an award given to the highest scoring ensemble throughout the entire festival. Flute soloist Emily Gibbs received the award for best soloist out of any of the instrumental soloists from the festival.
The students in the two senior high bands enjoyed an educational itinerary in addition to the music festival while in New York City. Upon arriving to New York City, students immediately had a tour of the American Museum of Natural History.
Students were able to experience a subway ride, Times Square and the “Top of the Rock” at night, a closed sound check for the “Kings of the Crescent City” Dixieland band at the Jazz at Lincoln Center, the “Phantom of the Opera” Broadway musical, and the “Sounds of the City Music Safari” tour to view the Lincoln Center.
The senior high bands will be performing Spring Concerts on May 13 and June 3 in the Senior High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.