QACHS bands take top hon­ors at fes­ti­val

Record Observer - - School -

CENTREVILLE — Each year, the bands from Queen Anne’s County High School, un­der the di­rec­tion of Eric Wright, have taken an an­nual spring trip that has al­lowed them to visit and per­form at var­i­ous places up and down the East Coast from Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts to the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort in Or­lando, Florida. On Fri­day and Satur­day, April 30 and 31, “The Pride of the East­ern Shore” Bands from Queen Anne’s County High School that in­cluded the March­ing Lions Band, Con­cert Band, and Sym­phonic Band trav­eled to Mas­s­aponax High School in Fred­er­icks­burg, Vir­ginia to par­tic­i­pate in the Mu­sic in the Parks Kings Do­min­ion Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

The Con­cert Band and Sym­phonic Band pre­sented their per­for­mances on Fri­day evening and the March­ing Lions Band per­formed Satur­day morn­ing. Af­ter the march­ing band per­for­mance on Satur­day, band mem­bers en­joyed a day of fun at Kings Do­min­ion, where they also at­tended the awards cer­e­mony for the Fri­day and Satur­day com­pe­ti­tions.

At the awards cer­e­mony the QACHS Con­cert Band was awarded first place in the high school group AA Con­cert Band II cat­e­gory and re­ceived an “ex­cel­lence” rat­ing from the judges.

The QACHS Sym­phonic Band re­ceived a “su­pe­rior” rat­ing from the judges and was awarded first place in the high school group AA Con­cert Band I cat­e­gory, as well as, the “Best Over­all” award for HS Con­cert Bands.

The QACHS March­ing Lions Band also re­ceived a rat­ing of “su­pe­rior” and placed sec­ond in the HS Pa­rade Band cat­e­gory.

At the con­clu­sion of the per­for­mance awards, there was one ad­di­tional spe­cial award given, as a re­sult of ob­served be­hav­ior and at­ti­tude by the Mu­sic in the Parks staff at the fes­ti­val site dur­ing the week­end and at the awards cer­e­mony. The Esprit de Corps award was awarded to Queen Anne’s County High School Bands.

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“The Pride of the East­ern Shore” QACHS Band takes top hon­ors at Mu­sic in the Parks Kings Do­min­ion Fes­ti­val.

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