March 9, 2018

McCrimmon concert band awarded platinum status at Kiwanis Music Festival

Grade 7 and 8 students from McCrimmon Middle School's Instrumental program receive top awards for their performances at the Greater-Toronto Kiwanis Music festival and the Ontario Band Association Music Festival. 

Over 20 bands from across the GTA competed at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Toronto. At this festival, students received one of two coveted platinum awards from the festival for their musical performance of "X Factor" by Michael Oare and Canadian folk song "Brave Wolfe," arranged by Ryan Meeboer. 

Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival is one of Canada's largest competitive classical music competitions. Students preparation for the competition involved auditions to for the roster to attend the festival. McCrimmon students practiced their musical pieces during regular lunch rehearsals, studied professional recordings and analyzed how the elements of music affects and determine the character of the compositions.

Due to their Kiwanis performance, the school has been invited represent the Toronto Kiwanis Music Fest in the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Finals. As part of the invitation criteria, the concert band has been asked to submit a recording of their performance to compete against all Kiwanis and Rotary Club music festival winners across Ontario.

Students also received their 3rd consecutive Gold award, the highest achievement, at the Ontario Band Association Music Festival back in February.

McCrimmon students will participate in the Peel Music Teachers Association Non-Competitive Festival in May at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. After the festival, students will perform and participate in the annual feeder school tour to encourage other students to join the program. 

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