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VOCAL ENSEMBLE and JAZZ BAND Williamsburg Competition/Adjudication Trip


On May 19–21, the Bergen Catholic Men’s Vocal


Ensemble and Jazz Band participated in the Festivals of Music/Music in the Parks Competition in Williamsburg, Virginia—one of the largest competi- tions in the country. Bergen Catholic was one of 28 schools from across the Eastern Seaboard to compete in this event. Approximately 4,500 young musicians, conductors and educators from Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsyl- vania, Virginia, West Virginia and Georgia shared their musical talents and enthusiasm with adjudicators who have spent their careers as performers and clinicians. It was an awesome experience for the Bergen Catholic performing arts students to be involved in this high-energy and extremely competitive event. Prior to their arrival in Virginia, both performing


groups had the opportunity to participate in master classes at the University of Delaware. Both ensem- bles were mentored and coached by three outstand- ing professors who fine-tuned each group’s selections for competition. Dr. Paul Head is a renowned choral conductor and clinician and is also the chairman of choral music at the University. Harvey Price and Tom Palmer are not only jazz educators but well-known performers of jazz as well. These master classes proved to be a highlight of the trip! The Jazz Band Competition took place at York-


town High School in Yorktown, Virginia, and the Vocal Ensemble was adjudicated at Passage School in Newport News, Virginia. Each ensemble performed with the highest level of musicianship and profes- sionalism and did very well in their respective cate- gories. Awards were presented the following day at the Royal Palace Theater in Busch Gardens. The Bergen Catholic Jazz Band took a third place trophy with an excellent rating. The Men’s Vocal Ensemble took a first place trophy, also with an excellent rating. The success of our ensembles at this highly competi- tive festival was highlighted by the positive feedback by the panel of judges as well as the numerous com- pliments the boys received by festival personnel, both on and off the stage. Lead on, Bergen Catholic High!


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