Friday, April 18, 2003
CCHS bands earn double gold
The CCHS Concert and Repertory Bands each earned a gold medal at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) State Festival on April 5 and 6. This was the Concert Band's eleventh consecutive gold and the Repertory Band's first.
Director Alfred W. Dentino said, "These awards represent learning and achievement at the very highest level. This is what we expect of our kids. I am extremely proud of them." Adjudicator Ronald Sutherland of the New York State School Music Association praised the bands for their "attention to detail." The Concert Band performed Liturgical Dances by David Holsinger, March From Symphonic Metamorphosis by Paul Hindemith and Conversations With The Night by Andrew Boysen.
The Repertory Band opened with Sonority Concert March by Peter Riedemann. In earning their first-ever gold medal they also performed Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold and Joyance by Claude R. Smith. Mr. Sutherland complimented the band on its "choice of literature of the highest quality" and "attention to dynamics". He also said that "99% of the bands in the country wish they could sound like you!"
Both bands have been invited to perform as part of MICCA's "Stars At Symphony" Gold Medal Showcase. MICCA, in cooperation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, sponsors "Stars At Symphony", two special days of music honoring the gold medal recipients' achievement and affording them the opportunity of playing at two of the world's finest concert venues, Boston's Symphony Hall and Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall. The CCHS Concert and Repertory Bands have accepted MICCA's invitation to perform at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood on Sunday, May 11.
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