Upper Canada College’s three Prep bands received first place gold awards at the Montreal Heritage Festival on April 23 and 24 at Concordia University’s Oscar Peterson Hall.
Under the direction of music teacher Paul McGarr, the concert band and wind ensemble both received marks of 92 per cent while the jazz band was right behind them at 91 per cent.
The concert band and wind ensemble also received the Sweepstakes Award for the top two scoring bands from one school, and all three received the Festival of Gold Award. The concert band and wind ensemble were also presented with the Adjudicator Award for outstanding performance.
Percussionist Owen Anderson received the Maestro Award for exemplary musicianship and sensitivity.
“Twenty of the boys started learning an instrument this September, and their progress has been exceptional,” says Kathryn Edmondson, head of the Prep music department. “Congratulations to the boys and Mr. McGarr for their hard work and dedication to Prep music.”
This most recent success follows impressive performances at the Feb. 13 Ontario Band Association Festival, where the wind ensemble received the gold award and Yamaha Percussion Excellence Award and the concert band took the silver award. The jazz band was honoured with the gold award at the Feb. 17 to 19 Humber Next Generation Jazz Festival.
All three bands will perform at the London Festival of Music on May 6 at Western University.