School musicians month: Honors and photos

Above: Jazz night at ARHS was just the kickoff of an impressive month by district musicians and singers (Photo from NSMA Facebook page)

At the start of the month, I posted about the flurry of musical activity for the schools in March.

Now it’s time to take a look back at how they did. The answer lies in their new heap of medals and invitations.

The month kicked off with the district’s Jazz Night featuring special guest Jerry Secco. Algonquin’s jazz groups and the middle school jazz bands performed for the crowd.

You can click on thumbnails below to enlarge photos from the night. For more pics, visit NSMA’s Facebook page.

The evening’s performances were good practice for MAJE division competitions.

ARHS Jazz Bands excelled. Peformers were heaped with honors, including a division MVP:

  • Connor Jenks, alto sax was selected by the panel of judges as the overall Division I MAJE MVP
  • Jazz I received a Gold medal
  • Jazz II received a Silver medal
  • Both bands will compete in the State Finals
  • Jazz I named their MVPs as Gretchen Forbush, piano, Eric Coughlin, trombone and Connor Jenks, alto sax
  • Jazz II named their MVPs as Ian Kosovsky, guitar, Trent Jones, drums and Arthreya Ramesh, bari sax

More recently, non-jazz music and singing groups snagged honors at The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association festival:

Here are the impressive results from this weekend’s festival.(Click on thumbnails to enlarge. For more pics, visit NSMA’s Facebook page.)

For Algonquin:

  • Symphonic Band – Gold
  • Wind Ensemble – Gold
  • String Orchestra – Gold
  • Concert Band – Silver
  • Chamber Choir – Silver
  • Mixed Chorus – Bronze
  • Concert Choir – Bronze
  • Camerata Singers – Bronze

For Trottier Middle School:

  • 7th & 8th grade Concert Band -Silver
  • 6th grade Concert Band -Silver
  • Orchestra – Bronze

The high school’s gold winning instrumental groups have been invited to participate in the MICCA Gold Medal Showcase.

Groups will perform in April at Symphony Hall or Mechanics Hall. The details still to be determined.

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