School musicians travel to nationals

More than 100 young Terrace musicians are serenading the masses at MusicFest Canada this week in Vancouver.

More than 100 young Terrace musicians are serenading the masses at MusicFest Canada this week.

Bands from Thornhill Junior Secondary, Skeena Junior Secondary and Caledonia Senior Secondary School travelled to the lower mainland by bus, car and plane to take part in this week’s festival.

School bands from across Canada must be invited to attend the event, as music is set at a higher calibre than regional music festivals. Bands who meet certain performance standards will be awarded bronze, silver or gold metals, said Skeena Junior band teacher Susan Brouwer.

There are three stages which feature different genres of bands: jazz ensembles and combos, concert bands and orchestras, and choir and chamber ensembles. From Cal, one band from each genre is performing. Skeena and Thornhill Juniors each have one jazz band and one concert band. MusicFest comes to western Canada about every four years.