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May 29, 2015:

The Delaware Academy Bands Earn Superior Ratings 

At The High Note Festival

The Delaware Academy Bands Earn Superior Ratings at the High Note Festival

The Delaware Academy Bands recently participated in the High Note Festival at the Great Escape Theme Park in Lake George, NY. The Bands performed at the Christ Church in Glens Falls on Friday, May 29.  Glenn Giles and Paul Kafer, festival adjudicators and music professors from Castleton State College in Vermont, evaluated the individual performances of the Delaware Academy High School Concert Band and the Delhi Middle School Band.  This is the eleventh year that the bands have performed at the High Note Festival, a Festival that involves the adjudication of ensembles from various states during weekends in May and June.   The Delaware Academy Middle School earned a Superior Rating (91%) and Trophy for its Level 2 performances and the Concert Band earned a Superior Rating (91%) and Trophy for its Level 3 performances.

The Delaware Academy Middle School Band under the direction of Mrs. Diane Krick performed Best Day of My Life arr. by James Kazik, Grand Canyon Overture by James Swearingen and Dorchester Concert March by Eric Osterling.  The Delaware Academy Concert Band under the direction of Mrs. Krick performed Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major by J.S. Bach/Transcribed by R. Moehlmann and  Michael Jackson:  Through the Years arr. by Michael Brown

During the performance, the adjudicators recorded their comments for students’ future reference.  The band members were encouraged by the positive comments.  The evaluation reinforced the students’ understanding of musical concepts and performance techniques.  After the performance, the two bands were presented their ratings and trophies.  The two adjudicators were impressed with the musicality and the quality performances of the two bands.

After the morning performance, the 66 students and their chaperones enjoyed the rides and entertainment at The Great Escape Six Flags Theme Park.  Congratulations to the members of the Delaware Academy Bands and thanks to all those who made this Festival a meaningful learning experience for the students.

Area All-State 

Congratulations to the following students who performed in the Zone 8 Area All-State Music Festival. Zoe Fuentes (Soprano) performed in the Area All-State Women’s Chorus and Bethany Davis sang in Area All-State Mixed Chorus. Meg Halberian (flute), Amelie Legg (tenor sax), Makayla Ruchar (French horn) and Quentin McKeegan (trombone) performed inthe Area All-State Concert Band. Students were selected to participate in the Area All-State Music Festival according to directors’ recommendations and high scores earned on solos performed at last May’s NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Solo/Ensemble Festival. Area students were selected from a five-county zone. They rehearsed at SUNY Oneonta on November 21-22, and performed in the Area All-State Festival Concert on November 22nd.

Fall/Winter Performances 

Our Delaware Academy music students were busy performing for our school and community this fall. The Middle School and High School members of the Chorus, Band and Orchestra performed in the Harmony for Humanity Concert on October 29. The High School groups also performed in the Veteran’s Day Assembly on Nov. 10th. Beth Davis, Zoe Fuentes and Meg Halberian sang The Star Spangled Banner and were accompanied by the High School Band. The Band also performed a medley of marches from the armed forces and the Orchestra performed a medley of patriotic favorites. The Delaware Academy Marching Band and Colorguard performed in the O’Connor Holiday Parade on December 6, earning a 2nd place trophy and a respectable monetary award in the school band competition. The marching band, comprised of students in grades 6-12, played an upbeat arrangement of Katy Perry’s Roar. All of our Middle School and High School performing groups participated in the 2014 Winter Concert on December 11. The concert repertoire included standard concert literature as well as music for the holidays.

Announcing The All-County Music Festival Participants from Delaware Academy 

Congratulations to the following Delaware Academy and Central School students who were accepted into the 2015 All-County Music Festival! Acceptance was based on the music director’s recommendation, and in some cases last year’s NYSSMA scores. The festival will be held at the Walton High School on March 20 and 21. The culminating concert is open to the public on March 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Walton High School. The following students will be singing in the All-County Elementary Chorus Shaina Mondore, Tommy Worden, Charlie Koota, Caleb Koweno, Annaliese Taylor, Lorelei Ogden, Georgiana Verspoor, Fiona O’Neill, Katie Dean, Jodean Bray, Isabella Cecce, Rachel Schnabel, Bailey Ernst, and Brienna Sohns. The following students will be singing in the All-County Senior Chorus Zoe Fuentes, Emily Hadley, Lola Olson, Kelly Rolfe, Seth Johnson, Bethany Davis, Meg Halberian and Shane Bray. The following students will be performing in the All-County Junior High Band Alexis Gielskie (flute), Megan Merrill (flute), Caranne Ingram (clarinet), Renzo Guevarra (bari sax), Alex Taylor (trumpet), Jessica Davis (trumpet), Hannah Baxter (trumpet), Caroline Grace (French Horn), and Daniel Rolfe (baritone.) Amelie Legg will be playing tenor sax and Quentin McKeegan will be playing trombone in the All-County Jazz Band.

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