Upper Canada College Grade 7 student musicians were all over the list of award winners at the recent Toronto Festival of Music.
The Grade 7 Wind Ensemble was named the most outstanding concert band and the Grade 7 Jazz Band was honoured as the most outstanding jazz ensemble. Teacher Paul McGarr directed both of them, and they also received gold awards from the festival adjudicators — as did the Grade 7 Concert Band.
Alto saxophonist Aaron Leung from the Grade 7 Jazz Band was deemed the most outstanding soloist, while bandmate and fellow alto sax player Henry Gage was one of two boys in the festival named outstanding soloist.
McGarr and the Grade 7 Jazz Band are in Vancouver competing for national honours.