Best ever showing for AY Jackson at Capital Region MusicFest!
On Wed. Feb. 22 the AY Jackson Gr. 9 and Sr. Concert Bands travelled to Hillcrest High School to take part in the annual Capital Region MusicFest. CRMF is an event where bands play three contrasting selections and are critiqued by three adjudicators. The adjudicators consisted of university music professors and retired military musicians. Bands are rated to a performance level using Gold Silver Bronze and Merit as success indicators.
The Gr. 9 Band was up first. Their three selections consisted of Colonel Bogey, a traditional march, Hush, a lyrical piece written by Canadian composer Bill Thomas to depict the quiet in the house just before everyone falls asleep and Panther in the Sky, which depicts the life of Tecumseh, the legendary Shawnee chief.
After a fantastic performance, Gr. 9 student Gabriel Merino was awarded a special certificate of musical achievement and the band had a half hour clinic with one of the adjudicators. Graham Rowland won a scholarship to the Interprovincial Music Camp. All three adjudicators awarded the AY Gr. 9 Band the Gold Standard. This is the first time ever that an AY Gr. 9 Band has reached this performance level.
A little later the AY Sr. Band was up. Their three selections consisted of Wings by Canadian composer Vince Gassi, dedicated to the men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Memento by Canadian composer Robert Buckley which he wrote in memory of his boyhood music instructor, and Counterbalance which explores every imaginable musical opposite.
Despite some scheduling issues which caused the Sr. Band to go on stage almost forty minutes late the band rose to the occasion and put on one of their best performances of the year. Gr. 12 student Paulina Chimetka was awarded the special certificate of musical achievement. For the second year in a row Lesley-Anne Rowland won the Long and McQuade Intermediate scholarship. Again all three adjudicators awarded the Gold Standard to AY
The following weekend the AY Jazz Band travelled to Longfield-Davidson Heights SS for the Jazz band division of CRMF. The Jazz Band is made up of students in Gr. 9-12. As we only have the one jazz band we participate in the Gr. 12 and under class despite the fact that 14 of the 18 members of the Jazz Band are in Gr. 9 or 10. The band 's three selections were Things Ain't What They Used To Be , a swing shuffle by Mercer Ellington, Lil'Darlin' a ballad from the Count Basie library, and Area 51, a rock tune written for jazz band.
The jazz band adjudicators again consisted of university music professors as well as some of Ottawa's top jazz musicians. The Jazz Band played well and was awarded the silver standard by all three adjudicators. Gr. 10 student Sarah Chow was awarded a special certificate of musical achievement and the band had a half hour clinic with one of the adjudicators.
Sr. Band at Ignite 150
On Friday March 24 the Sr. Band braved a snowstorm on the 417 and arrived safely at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park to take part in Ignite 150. Sponsored by the City of Ottawa, the National Arts Centre, and the CIBC. Ignite 150 brought together an estimated 1300 students from 26 different high schools in the National Capital Region to perform O Canada and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Maestro Alexander Shelley of the NAC orchestra lead the rehearsal and performance. Maestro Shelly was very inspiring.
Many dignitaries were in attendance representing the various sponsors. After a very exciting day of music making, a draw was held for four different $1000 grants form the National Arts Centre and the City of Ottawa. The first school called to receive a $1000 grant was AY Jackson! The Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson presented us with our winnings. This money will be used to benefit our music program. Stay tuned for further details.
We also received gift certificates from St. John's Music, Long and McQuade and the Leading Note, as well as ticket vouchers for upcoming performances to the NAC Orchestra. Spending the day with our musical peers from all across town was a great way to end the week.
Come hear the award-winning AY Bands at our Spring
Concert on May 18 at 7 pm in the cafeteria.
Please be sure to check out the accompanying recordings of our performances listed below.