Albany instrumental and vocal students have seen months of classes and rehearsals rewarded with success in winter music festivals and honor ensemble auditions.
At the CMEA Jazz Festival on January 18, AHS Jazz Band received Unanimous Superior ratings (a top rating from all judges), AHS Jazz Lab received Excellent and Superior ratings and AMS Jazz Band was rated Excellent.
AHS Jazz Band placed third in the AAA Division at the Folsom Jazz Festival January 24, with several students receiving soloist medals. Eight Albany instrumental students were also selected earlier in January to perform with the CMEA Bay Section honor band in San Jose, and twelve vocal music students from Albany High and Middle Schools were selected to perform with the CMEA Bay Section Honor Choir.
AHS Vocal Music Students Zack Fuson, Alan Lin, and Tom Ronningen were selected to perform with the ACDA All-State Honor Choir, which will perform in Sacramento on March 22. Tom, along with Adri Dullum, Arthur Lin, and Lindsey Wiser, are selected participants in the first annual Choral Leadership Academy weekend at West Valley College on February 8.
Music festival season will continue with our vocal students traveling to the San Jose State and Napa Valley Choral Invitationals February 28 and March 19, and bands attending the Sonoma State Festival March 7.
Meanwhile, our elementary students in grades 4 and 5 continue to work hard, have fun and develop new vocal and instrumental skills. The Elementary Band Extravaganza will be Sunday, May 18, and elementary choirs will also have performances coming up this Spring.
Here’s what’s coming up soon that you won’t want to miss!
February 10 AHS Jazz and R&B at Yoshi’s
February 12-13 Solo & Small Ensemble Concerts–AMS instrumental and AMS/AHS vocal musicians
February 13-14 Choir Valentine’s Grams at AHS and AMS
February 27 Vocal Music Fundraiser: Dessert Pops Concert
March 6-9 AHS Musical “Guys & Dolls”
March 20 AUSD Superintendent’s Concert
March 28 “Spring Fling” Big Band Dance Party
For all upcoming concert and other AUSD music dates, check out our Calendar.