Lake Shore Senior High bands return from national competition

ANGOLA – The Lake Shore Senior High Bands, under the direction of Eric Blodgett and Carrie Poissant, had an extremely successful competition at the Performing Arts Consultant’s National Music Festival at the College of Staten Island in New York City. The students were on tour April 18-21.

Over the past 14 years, the high school bands have competed nationally on seven occasions and have produced eight professional recordings, with this year being the ninth. With a great deal of hard work and dedication, the groups have always done exceptionally well and represented their school and community with pride.

This year, the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble competed against groups from across the country and were adjudicated by a panel of nationally renowned judges. Both bands placed first in each of their classes, with Wind Ensemble receiving the honor of Grand Champions, an award given to the highest scoring ensemble throughout the entire festival.

Flute soloist Emily Gibbs received the award for best soloist out of any of the instrumental soloists from the festival.

To date, the Lake Shore High School Bands have received three top soloists, best section award for percussion, two grand champion awards, multiple first place awards, best in class awards, multiple superior ratings, as well as two students being selected to participate on stage for the Broadway musical “Chicago.”

The students in the two senior high bands enjoyed an educational yet exciting itinerary in addition to the music festival while in New York City. Upon arriving to New York City, students had a tour of the American Museum of Natural History, which former Lake Shore alumnus and Wall of Fame member, Adina Williams assisted in making possible. Students were able to experience a subway ride, Times Square and the “Top of the Rock” at night, a motivational speech with Chief Dan Daly, a Liberty Cruise to view the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, a closed sound check for the “Kings of the Crescent City” Dixieland band at the Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Phantom of the Opera Broadway musical, and the “Sounds of the City Music Safari” tour to view the Lincoln Center and other music and arts history of the city, and the Radio City Music Hall Tour.

The group would like to thank all of the friends, families, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, and community members for their support with fundraising.

To see the Senior High Bands in concert, attend a Spring Concert on May 13 or June 3 in the Senior High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.