On Monday, February 13, 2023, the Branksome Hall Concert Band and the Grades 9/10 Class Band both won gold at the Ontario Band Association’s 21st annual Provincial Festival. Both groups are now invited to Nationals (MusicFest Canada) taking place from May 15-20, 2023. In addition, the Concert Band received the OBA Ensemble Award for “Brass Excellence.”
The musicians rehearsed their repertoire over two months, fine-tuning their performances of A Shaker Gift Song by Frank Ticheli and By the River’s Edge by Robert Sheldon for the Concert Band, and Kronos by Robert W. Smith and A New Day Dawning by Naoya Wada for the Grades 9/10 Class Band. “The students worked very hard for this. The music department is really proud of them,” shared Angie Tang, who conducted the Concert Band performance. Adam Despinic, who together with Angie conducted the Grades 9/10 Class Band performance, agreed, noting, “It was amazing to see so many students come together and perform brilliantly as one ensemble.”
Deputy Principal Amanda Kennedy commented, “Tremendous performance, Angie and Adam! I hope you and the students feel as proud as we do! What an honour and amazing experience for our musicians!”
The Ontario Band Association was founded in 2001 with the mission of supporting band education in schools.
Branksome Hall’s music program will also be taking part in the CIS Ontario Music Festival (CISMF) at Roy Thomson Hall this April. This non-competitive celebration of music featuring 1400 students and educators on stage at Roy Thomson Hall is a one-of-a-kind experience considered the “pinnacle of music education.”
With Middle School and Senior School concerts also coming up in April and May, there is lots of beautiful music being made by students at Branksome Hall this spring!
We wish to acknowledge this land on which Branksome operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and go to school on this land.