Upper Canada College’s Form 7 bands, under the direction of teacher Paul McGarr, have been rewarded for their impressive performances at two music festivals.
“The boys in all three bands have been working extremely hard at home and during rehearsals to prepare themselves for these festival performances,” says McGarr. “They have come a long way since September.”
The wind ensemble received the gold award and Yamaha Percussion Excellence Award, while Matthew Shouldice was presented with the leadership award for wind ensemble at the Ontario Band Association Festival on Feb. 13. The concert band took the silver award and Aaren Fung received the leadership award for concert band at the same festival.
The jazz band was honoured with the gold award at the Feb. 17 to 19 Humber Next Generation Jazz Festival.
“The boys played very well at each of their performances, which is a great stepping stone towards the Montreal Heritage Music Festival band trip from April 22 to 24 in Oscar Peterson Hall on the campus of Concordia University,” says McGarr.
All three bands will perform at the London Festival of Music on May 6 at Western University.
McGarr says there are 67 boys in the co-curricular music program and 28 of them were new to UCC in September.