Colonel Richardson High School band earns top honors
AMERICAN CORNER — The Colonel Richardson High School Department of Music recently sent students from the band and orchestra programs to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., where the groups participated in a national competition at the Dollywood theme park.
Colonel Richardson’s music students’ hard work and dedication was rewarded, and they brought home five trophies in total. CRHS won first place in the high school Full Orchestra category and the Jazz Ensemble categor y. The orchestra earned an Excellent rating and the jazz band earned a Superior rating, as well as the Overall Best Jazz Band trophy for the competition.
Additionally, out of all the soloists who performed in the jazz bands at the event, CRHS sophomore Keith Cayer earned the Best Soloist medal. At the end of the competition, the judges award an Esprit de Corps trophy to the group who has demonstrated the most sportsman-like conduct — and CRHS came out on top again, having lent equipment to another band in need during the jazz band competition.
On Monday, April 24, after returning from Tennessee only the night before, the group traveled to Morgan State University in Baltimore where they earned a Superior rating at the MMEA State Band Festival.
CRHS was one of four senior Eastern Shore bands to qualify and attend the festival. This was the second consecutive year of qualification for the CRHS band and first ever Superior rating at the state level.
The Colonel Richardson High School Band brought home five trophies from a national competition in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.