Members of the Journey Middle School bands recently picked up a host of awards from the Musicfest regional competition held in Port Alberni. (Contributed)

Sooke bands off to national music competition

Journey Middle School musicians among best at Musicfest

For Journey Middle School musicians, the 2019 MusicFest was music to their ears.

The school brought home a host of awards from the regional music festival held in Port Alberni last month.

The Sooke students received superior and excellent gradings for their performances. All five groups performed and received an invitation to the Musicfest Nationals in Calgary next year.

The Journey musicians received the following awards:

• Grade 6, 7 and 8 Concert Band (superior)

• Grade 7 and 8 Concert Band (excellent plus)

• Grade 8 Concert Band (excellent plus)

• District 62 Orchestra (excellent plus)

• District 62 Chamber Ensemble (superior minus)

“I could not be prouder of the students,” said Lorna Bjorklund, Journey Band conductor and teacher.“They’ve performed exceedingly well, and we’re excited at the chance to go to Calgary in 2020.

“I’m really touched by how the community came together to support the kids. We had a wonderful team of parents, teachers, administrators and Sooke residents who helped make our trips possible.”

Stella Champagne, who plays the clarinet in the Grade 6 section, said students are excited about the chance to play in Calgary.

“We were so surprised when they told us how well we’d done,” she said.

The students also performed well in a second event at the Whistler Cantando Music Festival in Whistler on April 26.

The Grade 6, 7, and 8 band received silver and the Grade 7 and 8 band received gold. A

“It was fun to go, and it was an interesting experience,” said Sienna Lajoie, flutist in the Grade 8 band, who attended the Whistler festival.

The Journey band will perform in the Capital City Jazz festival in late May and will be giving further concerts in June.

The band is also planning fundraisers to attend Nationals.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Some showers, high of 18 C for Tuesday

Plus a look ahead at your weekly forecast

Peninsula crews extinguish early morning boat fire in Central Saanich

Firefighters saved nearby home from further damage

Bay Street Bridge construction begins today

Point Ellice Bridge will be closed to eastbound vehicle traffic until October

Sooke’s First Nations have Iroquois links

References to the proud Iroquois race tend to make one think of… Continue reading

Rescuers finally persuade Eiffel Tower climber to come down

The official said the man was ‘under control and out of danger’ on Monday night

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

Cooks, meal planners desperately required

Motorcycle deaths spike 50% since 2017

Riders were most likely fatally crash on the weekends compared with the rest of the week

Family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras trying to ‘piece together’ tragedy

Patrick Forseth has a number of friends in the area and was loved by everyone

Justin Trudeau credits immigration for Canada’s growing tech sector

Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world

Feds launch tourism strategy designed to boost sector 25 per cent by 2025

The fund is supposed to back experiences that show off Canada’s strengths

Mamma Mia! poised to be biggest Chemainus Theatre show ever

Plenty of buzz as Island dinner theatre schedules ABBA-fueled romp

New book from Island author details social history of the E&N railway

Along the E&N tells the story of 32 establishments from Esquimalt to Campbell River.

Most Read