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Local school achieves Gold and arrives home under fanfare
by Sandy Lindsay

May 15, 2015

Education

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Coming in with fanfare under Fire and Police Services escort ....



to proud waiting families ...



École Port Elgin Saugeen Central Public School
Senior Band 2015

It's congratulations all around for a local school in Port Elgin, Saugeen Shores.

After competing in Collingwood in April, the École Port Elgin Saugeen Central Senior School Band of grade 6 to 8 students, earned an invitation to compete in the Music Fest Canada National Finals in Toronto from May 11th to 14th.

The Nationals feature 10,000 school musicians chosen from 70,000 Canada-wide.  In Port Elgin's category, there were 29 bands so they were up against 16 high schools, 11 public schools and one private school.

Teacher Matthew Patterson

Under the leadership of band teacher, Matthew Patterson, accompanied by volunteer teachers and parents, the band traveled to Toronto where they would only have one opportunity to demonstrate their musical skill on Monday evening at 8:00 p.m.

The band performed three selections that demonstrated their musical flexibility in varied genres; the Lexington March, Newfoundland Folk Songs and the contemporary, Castles and Dragons.  They performed to such a high level, in fact, that the band earned applause from the adjudicator.

(L-R) Duncan Wynn, Flynn Castles and teacher Matthew Patterson

"We are so proud of these students who have dedicated countless hours to perfecting their talents," said Nadine Morris, mother of award winning euphonium player, Cydney. "This acknowledgement goes to clearly reward and show the students the benefits of hard work."

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The band returns with fanfare!



Trumpet Player Riley Funston
won Honour Award

What does it take to win gold?  Dedication, commitment, focus, team work and ... hard work. 

What does it teach? Perseverance, patience, life skills and ... that hard work pays off.

These young musicians demonstrate all of the above and, for anyone who doubts that music has a vital role to play in the education of young people, is sadly mistaken.


École Port Elgin Saugeen Central Public School
Senior Band of 2015


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