Congratulations to the Blanchard Memorial Elementary Band on earning a Gold Medal award today at
#MICCA2016. The band has 4th, 5th and 6th graders and they competed against bands from middle school’s and junior high’s from around the region.
They have been working very hard since December 2015 and this was a great experience for them, in terms of not only participating in a well-known concert festival conducted by The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) but also the experience of going up in front of professional conductors (who serve as adjudicators) and finally learning to work together in harmony. This was a key feedback and appreciation from one of the judges in the judges clinic after the performance.
They played 3 pieces – The Great Escape, A Song for Friends and The Dark Adventure. While The Great Escape and The Dark Adventure are dramatic pieces, Song for Friends is a melodious piece and it was for this piece the judge applauded them for working well together.
All this appreciation would not have been possible without the hard work and efforts of the wonderful Mr.Chris Baird, the Band Director (who is also the V’s trombone teacher) and Mr. Cesar Garde, the Percussion Director. Thank you so much.
Presenting the Blanchard Memorial Elementary Band at MICCA 2016
The band after the concert
The Adjudication Process (Thanks Andy Bauer for the videos)
- MICCA 2016 Boxborough Blanchard Band Adjudication Part 1
- MICCA 2016 Boxborough Blanchard Band Adjudication Part 2
When they heard they won the gold medal, all their exhaustion disappeared and the after-MICCA party took on a jubilant note.
They have been invited to play at Symphony Hall in Boston on Saturday, April 16th for Gold Medal Showcase. Congratulations again!
Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can happen only through music – Jimi Hendrix