Colonel Richard­son High School band earns top hon­ors

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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.

PHOTO BY RYAN LIST

The Colonel Richard­son High School Band brought home five tro­phies from a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Pi­geon Forge, Tenn.

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