On Friday, February 24, 2017, the Castlebrooke Senior Concert Band participated in the Golden Horsenshoe Music Festival at Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario. This festival serves as regional qualifier for Music Festival Nationals, which will take place in Niagara Falls on May 14 through 19. This is the third year the Castlebrooke Concert Band attended this festival, with Castlebrooke Secondary School's Intermediate band winning a silver and invitation last year. This is the first year Castlebrooke secondary school has earned a gold in any division.
Under the direction of Giuseppe Schepis, the Senior Concert Band competed at the B300 concert band level division. The group performed with skill and poise, and demonstrated their artistic talents during all three pieces performed. Staff and students of Castlebrooke secondary are very proud of the commitment and achievement of their growing music community, and hope that this experiences helps to inspire future musicians to strive for excellence.