Caledonia’s band was rated as the top program of the festival in Seattle, WA. on April 27. (Contributed Photo)

Caledonia Secondary School’s band wins awards at Seattle music festival

For many students, this was their first time holding a trophy

Caledonia Secondary School’s band brought home awards from the Worldstrides OnStage Festival in Seattle, WA. on April 27.

Overall, Caledonia’s band was rated as the top program of the festival, with their concert band section receiving a gold standing and their jazz band taking silver.

“It was big deal for them, they were quite proud of their trophies,” says Geoffrey Parr, the school’s music teacher. “[There were a few students] who had never held a trophy before.”

The adjudicators also awarded Caledonia student Tiyanee Stevens the Maestro Award, which was given for her jazz band solo on the trombone.

READ MORE: Stellar musicians, performers recognized at 54th Pacific Northwest Music Festival

At the festival, their group was one of the few Canadian schools that performed as the majority were from across the U.S.A. For many students, this trip was their first time visiting Seattle and Parr says it was a great way to let them see how music can take them to different places.

“They need to see and be around other kids that are doing the same thing, to realize that it’s not just us,” he says. “I think it’s important for them to open up the cultural and artistic world to them… sometimes to appreciate what’s going on in town, you have to go out and do stuff like this.”

READ MORE: Band telethon raises more than $2,000 for school music programs

Recently, Parr announced he will be retiring this year but says he wants the students to continue playing in the band even after he’s gone and to understand the importance of expression with music.

“I think it gives them something they can do for the rest of their lives… singing in a choir or playing in a band is actually good for you with all the harmonics and vibrations that are going through your body. It brings the serotonin levels up,” says Parr, “When they walk away from it, they’ll realize they don’t have it anymore and hopefully return.”


 


natalia@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Group rescued unharmed after attempting to tube Lakelse River

Terrace Search and Rescue brought in helicopter to conduct search

Police investigate July 2 homicide in Houston

Man succumbed to injuries at Pearson Road residence

Skeena Sawmills in Terrace inks fibre deals with Kitselas Forestry and Kalum Ventures

Sawmill set to purchase around 45,000 cubic metres of fibre per year

Skeena Sawmills in Terrace reach labour agreement with local United Steelworkers union

The four and a half year long deal was ratified on May 19, 2020 and is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020

RCMP searching for missing Terrace man

Tyler Montague last made contact with family June 24

13 new B.C. COVID-19 cases, Langley Lodge outbreak ends

Health care outbreaks down to four, 162 cases active

Interior Health will not expand Police and Crisis Team

Southeast Division Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli asked IH to expand the program

Alberta health minister orders review into response after noose found in hospital in 2016

A piece of rope tied into a noose was found taped to the door of an operating room at the Grande Prairie Hospital in 2016

B.C.’s major rivers surge, sparking flood warnings

A persistent low pressure system over Alberta has led to several days of heavy rain

B.C.’s Indigenous rights law faces 2020 implementation deadline

Pipeline projects carry on as B.C. works on UN goals

‘Mind boggling’: B.C. man $1 million richer after winning Lotto 6/49 a second time

David O’Brien hopes to use his winnings to travel and of course keep playing the lottery

Community infrastructure funding announced for 24 Northern B.C. projects

Recipients include municipalities, First Nations and not-for-profits

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read