J.O. Combs bands honored at festival in California
On Friday May 8, the J.O. Combs Middle School Advanced Band, Advanced Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band, and Symphony Orchestra (combined Orchestra and Band) and the Combs High School string quartet competed at the Heritage festival held at Fullerton College in California. Adjudicators from colleges around the country judged the groups and held clinics after the performances. On Saturday, an awards ceremony was held at Disneyland involving all the students and directors of the groups that participated in the festival.
•CMS Jazz Band: Gold first place
•CMS Advanced Band: Gold first place
•CMS Choir: Silver third place
•Advanced Orchestra: Silver
•Symphony Orchestra: Silver first place
•CHS String Quartet: Bronze
•Maestro Awards were also given out to individual musicians that stood out over the weekend. Adjudicators chose 10 students out of the roughly 2,000 who performed. Out of those 10 students, six were from the middle school, four from band and two from orchestra!
Special awards were given for certain categories. They were:
•Adjudicator Award: CMS Jazz Band (only groups who score in the 95th percentile received this award)
•Outstanding Band Group: CMS Jazz Band (highest scoring band in the festival)
•Outstanding Orchestra Group: CMS Advanced Orchestra (highest scoring orchestra in the festival)
•Sweepstakes for Instrumental Program: CMS Band/Orchestra (school with the highest two combined instrumentalscores)
•Sweepstakes for Total Program: CMS Band/Orchestra/Choir (school with the highest three scores of at least one choir,one instrumental group, and one other group)
Also, after qualifying for state, the CMS Advanced Band earned a superior with distinction rating at the State Junior High Band festival on May 7, held at Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa.
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