The following is a press release from the Stoughton High Music Department:
On March 30, the traveled to New York City to participate in the Festivals of Music, a national competition featuring groups from Massachusetts, Vermont, Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.
The members of the SHS Concert Band, Tuesday Jazz Band, Wednesday Jazz Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Choir competed on Friday before a panel of collegiate judges and students from various other schools.
The students of Stoughton High School were recognized for a high level of performance by the festival adjudicators and administrators.
The Wednesday Jazz Band placed 1st in its division, receiving a rating of "Excellent." The Tuesday Jazz Band placed 2nd in its division, with a rating of "Superior," the highest achievement awarded by the festival. The Concert Band placed 1st in its division, receiving a rating of "Excellent." The Jazz Choir placed 1st in its division, receiving a rating of "Excellent." And, the Concert Choir placed 1st in its division, receiving a rating of "Excellent."
The festival also presents overall festival superlative awards. Stoughton students were also recognized in several of those categories.
The SHS Jazz Choir was awarded the Best Overall Choir Award; the SHS Concert Choir was awarded the Best Overall Mixed Choir Award; Danisha Dumornay (grade 12) was awarded the Most Outstanding Overall Vocalist Award; and the Saxophone section from the Tuesday Jazz Band was awarded the Most Outstanding Jazz Ensemble Section Award.
Finally, the festival awarded the Stoughton students with its most esteemed superlative award, the Espirit de Corps award.
This award "spotlights the performance of the students throughout the festival weekend as they demonstrate their highest level of responsible behavior. Personal integrity, quality character values, desire for excellence, and a spirit of cooperation serve as the cornerstone qualities of the Espirit de Corps Award."
SPS Fine Arts staff members Dan Davey and Griffin Coombs are the music teachers at .