The Dunkirk High School Concert Band and the Jazz Ensemble picked up a number of awards at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival held recently in Washington D.C. The trip involved 44 students, two staff and eight chaperones.
Both musical groups received a silver award, even though they moved up a division to compete. The students were also awarded the Sweepstakes Trophy for high point-overall in the instrumental divisions.
Christina Aviles was singled out for special recognition for her Baritone Saxophone solo during the Jazz Ensemble's performance. All three adjudicators must bring a student's name forward to the Heritage Staff in order for the student to receive a Maestro Award for excellence. In addition to the award, Aviles received a standing ovation from a very full convention center packed with students from throughout the country.
Top: A happy group of musicians from Dunkirk High School pose after the receiving awards at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival.
Above: Christina Aviles of Dunkirk holds the Maestro Award she received for a Baritone Saxophone solo in the Jazz Ensemble.
Dunkirk teacher Jenniene Scarem who directs the bands said, "The DHS Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble would like to thank everyone who has supported our fundraisers for the past four years, enabling us to travel to Washington D.C. ... None of this would have been possible without your support of our fundraisers and encouragement along the way. ... We would like to extend special appreciation to the following generous donors without whom the Washington, D.C. trip would not have been possible: Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Moniuszko Social Club, Inc., Fredonia Beaver Club, Dunkirk Falcon Club, East Dunkirk Fire Company, Inc., Dom Polski Club, Dunkirk Veterans Club of WWII, Dunkirk Exempt Volunteer Firemen's Association and Robert Basil Chevrolet. Thank you from the DHS instrumental Music Department."