(Photos by Doug Branch)
Congratulations to the musicians from Denny International Middle School who are wrapping up a successful and busy visit north of the border. Music director Marcus Pimpleton reports:
It has been a wonderful two days in Vancouver, B.C., with the Denny Senior Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, and String Orchestra. The students have been doing a wonderful job and are all set to return to Seattle (this) afternoon.
Friday featured adjudicated student performances by the jazz ensemble, concert band, and string orchestras and some down time at the hotel. Saturday morning the marching band participated in the Hyack International Parade in New Westminster, B.C. All of the performances were in conjunction with the Worldstrides Heritage Festival which provided the adjudications and clinics for all of the performing groups. The event concluded with an afternoon at Grouse Mountain, and an awards ceremony at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver.
Denny ensembles and students earned multiple recognitions including:
Emmett Medaris – Maestro Award for Outstanding Individual Student Performance
Denny Jazz Ensemble – Gold Rating
Denny Marching Band – Silver Rating
Denny Senior Concert Band – Silver Rating (2nd Place)
Denny Senior String Orchestra – Silver Rating (2nd Place)
The marching band was led in the parade by Chief Sealth International High School drum majors Zach Baisch and Alvin Calhoun II, who were recognized with the Best Drum Major Award. (It was funny to see the expressions on the faces of the other student participants when they saw these very tall high school seniors accepting an award for leading a middle school band.)
West Seattle High School’s orchestra also participated and earned a bronze rating for their string orchestra.
According to the Denny/Sealth music calendar, you’ll be able to enjoy the student musicians’ work in concerts on June 4th (orchestra) and June 5th (band), along with their Sealth counterparts, in the Sealth auditorium, 6:30 pm both nights.