Spring is often the most important time for yearlong organizations. It is the period of time where we are able to show the culmination of all the hard work put in throughout the year. Last Friday, the music department traveled to Osmond to participate in District Music Contest where the students in large and small groups perform for a rating and receive comments to help with future growth.
On Tuesday, they held the 7 – 12 grade Spring Concert and Music Awards night and gave special recognition to the seniors’ dedication throughout high school.
The following is the results of District Music Contest: For large groups, 3 judges evaluate the students. The judges provide a rating of 1 – 5: 1 (superior) 2 (excellent) 3 (good) 4 (needs improvement) 5 (poor). The concert band received an excellent rating from all three judges narrowly missing a Superior rating by one point from one judge and two points from another. The jazz band receives one superior, one excellent and one good. The excellent rating was two points from a superior. The choir received one superior and two excellent ratings.
For small groups, one judge evaluates the students. The girls ensemble, percussion ensemble, saxophone quartet and trombone quartet received superior ratings. The boys ensemble, trumpet trio and flute duet received excellent ratings.
For solos, one judge evaluates the students. Christopher Sahagun, Autumn Nies, Jordan Johnson and Colton Gieselman performed vocal solos. All vocal solos received an excellent rating. Reece McFarland and Truman Lauck each performed a trumpet solo and both received superior ratings.
During Monday’s concert awards were given out to qualifying seniors. These awards are distributed nationally and have been given for decades. The recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award was Reece McFarland. The recipient of the Loius Armstrong Award was Jared Hornback. The recipient of the Sempre Fidelis Music Award was Truman Lauck. The recipient of the National Choral Award was Christopher Sahagun. These awards really show hard work and dedication throughout the years can be rewarding.
Each year music boosters award $500 dollars in Scholarships to seniors through an application process. The number of scholarships given out changes from year to year based on the number applications received and the quality of those applications. The application considers number of years of participation, honor bands/choirs attended, performance ensembles and rating at District Music Contest and an essay answering: “What skills have you attained by being a part of the music program that will benefit your future goals? (both musically and/or professionally)?”
This year’s recipients in the amount of $250 each are Reece McFarland and Truman Lauck. Congratulations to the both of you.
Sheila Lange, Bloomfield’s music teacher, thanked everyone who contributed in time or product to the Music Showcase in an effort to obtain Choir robes this year.
The Women’s Auxiliary donated $300 to the cause. Thanks to these fundraising efforts, the choir will be sporting their new look this coming fall.
Lange expressed how thankful she is to the administration, faculty, staff, community, parents and students of Bloomfield. She truly sees it as a gift to be a part of this amazing Bee Culture.
“We as a music program hope to continue to make our school and community proud,” Lange said humbly.