Saugeen Central Music continues to earn medals
by Sandy Lindsay

May 18, 2016


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Once again, École Port Elgin Saugeen Central School brought home the hardware from the National Music Competition when they earned a silver medal standing.

The school band continues to excel and, according to school Music Director, Matthew Patterson, "The band played at level B200 and they  were remarkable and could not have played any  better."

Matthew Patterson

The 44-member band won silver against the country's top level competitive standard last week when musicians from across Canada competed May 11th to 14th.

Saugeen Central competed against 38 schools in the same category and most were high school bands.  Of those, six won gold and, of those, five were high school bands, one was from an all-arts school and one was an International Baccalaureate school.

Each band was required to play three selections ... a March, a Canadian composition and one from an established list.

Teacher Matthew Patterson acquired an autographed copy of 'The Journey of Invention' 

The Canadian piece they chose was "The Journey of Invention" by David Marlett, who was in attendance at the competition and who autographed the band's selection of music.

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"The students could not have played any better," said Patterson. "They were incredible."

Patterson also credits the support of parents, the community and organizations such as the Power Workers' Union.  "Without the support of the community," he says, "the music program would not play the important part in students' lives that it does.  Everybody has to be on board and we are so fortunate that our principal, teachers, staff and parents all support the program.  It is also the dedication of the students themselves that make the music program so successful."

According to Patterson, the music program consists of a three-point philosophy ... Team work, Hard Work and Discipline.

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