The Golden Secondary School band performed at the Okanagan Concert Band Festival in Penticton on March 6. Photo Submitted

GSS band performs a number of pieces at Okanagan Concert Band Festival


Eighteen Golden Secondary School (GSS) band students returned to Golden this week after a successful performance at the Okanagan Concert Band Festival in Penticton, proud of their accomplishment and excited to implement the things they learned, says GSS band director Doug Orr.

“These students, many of whom just picked up their instruments for the first time a year and half ago, performed amazingly well,” said Orr. “I was very pleased with how well they played, and the adjudicators of the festival felt the same.”

Each concert band plays a number of pieces ranging from marches to more lyrical selections for two professional adjudicators and an audience of their peers. Each piece is evaluated and critiqued by the adjudicators; this is not just an opportunity for scoring, but is intended to be a learning experience.

The performance is then followed by a 30-minute clinic with one of the adjudicators.

“It was clear that our band impressed our adjudicator. He was pleased with so many aspects of their performance and also how far these musicians had come in such a short time,” continued Orr. “But there is always room for improvement. Our clinic was inspirational, and I think these musicians are even more excited by what they can accomplish in the future.”

The band received an ‘Excellent’ rating with a ‘Superior’ for Expression and Musicality.

“I’ve taken bands to this festival for decades, but this is the first time many of these students have been. We are looking forward to returning next year with a bunch more first timers as our current Grade 8’s will be joining the senior (Grade 9 to 12) band,” Orr said.

Orr and the GSS Concert Band will also be visiting Lady Grey Elementary School on Tuesday, March 12 to encourage incoming Grade 8 students to join the program.

“We rely on a healthy Junior band every year to swell the ranks, and we know we have a program that provides a great opportunity for students. My band students love to get out and tell others about the program,” Orr said.

Parents of current Grade 7 students are welcome to contact Orr at GSS if they would like to know more about what the program offers.

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