Warman band students earn gold medal at music festival

The Warman Community Middle School – Warman High School band

A school band from Warman earned a gold medal at the provincial band festival in Regina last weekend.
On Saturday May 26, 2018 the grade 8, 9, & 10 concert band students from Warman Community Middle School (WCMS) and Warman High School (WHS) travelled to Regina to perform at the Provincial Springfest Band festival.
The music directors chose to collaborate with this project as all of these students are in their second year of playing at the school level. It was best to combine talents to maximize our sound and musicality. Under the direction of Ms. Andra Wist; WCMS music director and Ms. Monika MacKenzie, WHS music director, they prepared the students with their own individual classroom instruction and practice, and in addition were able to have three after school combined rehearsals at Warman High School.
The chosen music selections were Tell Tale Heart by Michael Story and Celtic Air and Dance by Michael Sweeney.
Tell Tale Heart is a composition which musically depicts the horrific story line from the classic short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1843. It is a perfect combination of literature coming alive through the energy of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
Celtic Air and Dance is a traditional wind band composition based on two traditional Celtic Songs “The Parting Glass” and “A Fairy’s Love Song”.

The gold medal plaque awarded to the band

This piece combines a lyrical Celtic ballad with high energy driving rhythms most common in highland dancing. As a result of their performance at the festival they were awarded a GOLD adjudication.
This was a fabulous accomplishment, as it is very rare for second year players to receive such high accolades from the adjudicators.
The music directors are most proud of these students as they have definitely travelled a journey this year of experiencing challenges and feeling defeated through their learning in music. Becoming a musician takes dedication and passion. With perseverance they conquered through the tough times and finished with a great moment together.