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Symphonic Band Achieves Top Honors at CJMEA Concert Band Festival

The students earned a Gold Rating and the award for Outstanding Percussion. This marks the first year that the students have been awarded a Gold Rating for their achievements. In previous years, they have won both Silver and Bronze ratings.

The State Concert Band Festival is held over three evenings and the bands are judged by three judges each night. Bands are grouped into two divisions, I and II, and may feature multiple bands from the same school. HVCHS’ Symphonic Band is a member of Division I, competing against schools whose top ensembles make up the best students from a pool of 100 or more band students.

A total of 27 bands performed over the 3 nights of the CJMEA festival. The festival is a distinguished event and allows the students to be recognized for their hard work, as well as gain exposure to performance by fellow students from their region.

“I speak to our students often about how our success is not determined in our scores and ratings,” said band director David Schwartzer. “but in our performances and in the growth we demonstrate week in and week out. Being recognized for outstanding performances with exemplary ratings is just the icing on the cake.”

The Symphonic Band will have their final concert of the year on Tuesday, May 23 at 7pm in the CHS Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.