Concert festival season has arrived again and two Upper Canada College Prep School bands have acquitted themselves quite well so far.
The Prep Concert Band received a Sliver Plus Award at the Ontario Band Association Festival on Feb. 16. It also earned an invitation to join young musicians from across the country at MusicFest Canada in Niagara Falls from May 14 to 19.
Clarinet player Julian Kelly was presented with a student leadership award while flutist Justin Lee received a solo acknowledgement.
The Prep Jazz Ensemble received a Gold Award at the Humber Next Generation Jazz Festiva on Feb. 23 and also earned an invitation to MusicFest Canada in Niagara Falls.
There were acknowledgements of great solo work by alto saxophonist Jason Gao, clarinetists Kevin Liu and Eli Katz, guitarist Julian Kelly and flutist Justin Lee.
Both bands performed under the leadership of Prep music teacher Paul McGarr.