June 12, 2007 > Newark Has "Excellent" Year for Bands!
Newark Has "Excellent" Year for Bands!
The Newark Memorial High School Band was recently awarded "Excellent" ratings at their recent CMEA (California Music Educators Assn.) band competitions. This was the first time for the entire band to attend such an event. The following weekend they competed in the Music in the Parks Festivals bringing home another "Excellent" rating and took 1st Place in Class AA Concert Band.
This year, the band under director Kevin Hanson has 53 members and has almost tripled in size. Currently, 70 percent of the group is freshmen who only started playing two years ago. The program has continued to grow as marching and jazz bands have been added to the curriculum. Next year, the band will be traveling to Disney World in Orlando, Florida to compete in a national festival and perform in the park
Another new addition has been an Elementary Concert band which now meets after school. Participating students chose to put in the extra time to be a member. This group was the first ever to compete and represent the Newark Elementary Bands in the Music in the Parks Festivals. The received a rating of "Good" and brought home a 2nd place trophy in their class. This was a fantastic experience for the younger musicians from Newark as well.
This marks the third year since Newark restarted its band program. This came with the help of the City of Newark and their donation of $300, 000.00 to the school system to jump start the program. The Newark Education Foundation was formed shortly thereafter and continues to fundraise and work towards keeping music in the school system.
The community/city of Newark should be very proud of all these band student's accomplishments.