2016-04-14 / Community News

Students selected to participate in national honor band

The music department at Biddeford Middle School announced that the following students have been selected to participate in the John Philip Sousa National Honor Bands, New England Region, on April 21, 22, and 23, to be hosted at Gorham High School: Chevelle Berthiaume, Olivianna Bridges, Michael Delorge, Aurelia Leonard, Elizabeth Mills, Emily Posson, Maliha Raida, Emma Rousseau and Noah Rousseau.

The festival is open to the most outstanding woodwind, brass and percussion players from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont in grades seven through 12. More than 1,200 schools in the six-state region were mailed invitations to recommend students for the event, and approximately 150 students were selected from among the many applications received. This is the seventh time this festival has been organized. A concert will be given at the conclusion of the festival at 3 p.m. April 23 in the McCormick Performing Arts Center at Gorham High School.

There will be two other bands: one group will be in honors symphonic band, consisting primarily of students from grades nine through 12. The second group will be in honors junior concert band, consisting primarily of students in grade seven and eight.

“This is an enormous accomplishment for these kids to be chosen from only 150 students across six states. We are extremely proud of them and applaud their talent,” said Principal Kyle Keenan.

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