BOURBON — A singular honor was bestowed on the Triton music program last Thursday evening at its annual spring concert. Greg Noble, representing the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), presented Director of Bands and Choirs Peter Foster with the “Best Communities for Music Education” award granted by the association.
Only 269 such awards are given nationally, and follow a stringent set of guidelines and submissions. The only area schools to receive the same award are the larger schools of South Bend, Plymouth, and Mishawaka. Noble represents the Quinlan & Fabish Music Company, with eight stores in three states.
The presentation was not the only momentous event of the evening as Foster also bade goodbye to each graduating senior in the instrumental and vocal programs. Tears were in evidence as he honored each individual with personal words of achievement and appreciation. Graduating band seniors are Allyson Brown, Kayleigh Craig, Kourtney Harris, Jeff Martin (drum major), Junki Park (South Korean exchange student), Nichaela Rock, Isabelle Yazel, and Courtney Zentz. Choir seniors included Martin, Park, Merlin Schaefer (German exchange student), Ashley Borg, Cassadi Edington, and Cody Smith.
The evening began with a combined sixth-grade band and middle school band performance of four songs, followed by the high school symphonic band renditions of “Valdres,” “Where the Sun Breaks Through the Mist,” and ”The Sailor’s Life for Me.” Some of this music included discordant notes characteristic of modern composition.
The middle school choir followed with pieces structured in two parts for male and female harmony. This choir demonstrated a mastery of its music which heralds good times ahead as these students move into the high school choir.
Full harmony was in effect as the high school concert choir moved through its three pieces, ending with “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?” The accompanist for both choirs is Christine Cook, who is also the testing and curriculum director for the school corporation.
Ending the concert on a high note, the Trojan Singers show choir performed its two gold award competition pieces, “All Aboard!” and “Skyfall” from the James Bond movie. The former song was a dance number, while the latter was presented as a picture posed in small groups.
While usually the last musical performance of the season, the concert this year was followed on May 10 by the musical theater production of “Willy Wonka Jr,” a stage version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The show was rescheduled due to earlier weather issues.