This March, the community of Sooke, will have the opportunity help 50 young Sooke music students reach their goal of performing at the MusicFest Nationals in Vancouver this May. It is quite an honour for them to be invited to such a prestigious high talent event. Last spring the Journey middle school concert band, the Grade 7 strings and the Grade 8 strings all received Superior+ on their performances at the regionals in Port Alberni.
Lorna Bjorklund, JMS Music Director, applauded the young musicians efforts and said, “This is the highest standing that you can get at a music competition for bands, strings, and choirs. This is the first time that Sooke has received such success in the music programs. We were invited (to Vancouver) because of our successes in the Regionals.”
It is quite a endeavour to send 50 youth across the pond to attend a three-day event such as the MusicFest Nationals… it takes a lot of volunteer organizing and fundraising. In this writer’s humble opinion all the work and cost to get these kids to the MusicFest Nationals is worth it. The kids will have the opportunity of a lifetime and these great kids will make awesome Sooke youth ambassadors… great for Sooke.
During March many of these young kids, their parents, grandparents and siblings will be out in the community fundraising. When you see them, please be generous and wish them luck.