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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Band Students got a chance to figure out what they need to work on at the Peace River North Festival ahead of other competitions.
Right after they competed locally, the grade 7 band travelled to Grande Prairie, earning gold. The grade 8 and 9 bend went to Edmonton, also winning gold.
The high school band flies out on May 14th to compete in Niagara Falls, which they FUNdraised for in February with a concert held at Ma Murray.
The band portion of the festival took place from April 14th to 16th, and the dance performances ran from April 20th to 23rd. Over $8,000 in scholarships was awarded to dance and band students.
Sabrina Brooks, who runs the beginner band program and assists with the senior band, says the festival is a chance for the students to gather feedback on their performances.
She says the older students usually compete against themselves, while the younger students compete for an ice cream party.
“This year, it was C.M. Finch and Montney School; they got the gold, so as the top class, they had an ice cream party where they got to pick the kind of ice cream and popsicles,” Brooks said.
“Just a chance to have some extrinsic motivation, but then by the time they’re in high school, they’re really just competing with themselves.”
Price class 1: Bronze
Price class 2: Silver
Brooks class 3: Silver
Brooks class 4: Gold
Mass Beginning Band: Silver
Grade 7 band: Gold
Junior Jazz: Silver
Senior Band: Gold
Senior Jazz: Gold
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