The Waikato ITM Band and Orchestra Festival was an exciting 1-day music festival held at Waikato University, on Friday 24 August. Over 1000 high school students and their various different musical ensembles met to perform in front of their peers and adjudicators.
The Aquinas Concert Band and Aquinas Jazz Band travelled by bus to take part in the festival and the students conducted themselves beautifully, both on and off stage. The Concert Band and Jazz Band delivered outstanding performances, under the direction of Mrs Cooney and each band was awarded a Silver Award for their efforts.
The Jazz Band also received a special Merit Award for their performance, which involved an impressive range of solos. Repertoire included Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Stillmeadow Overture and The Crossings, from the Concert Band and Green Onions, All Of Me and a timely tribute of Respect by Aretha Franklin was performed by the Jazz Band. An outstanding result and a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.
A special mention also of Mrs Jones, Mr Thomas and Mr Barlow for their contribution to the rehearsal process leading up to the event and for also displaying their musical prowess on the day. Congratulations to all students who participated, we look forward to returning to this fantastic festival next year!