On the 14th and 15th of September, Macleans College sent two groups to compete at the annual National Concert Band Festival, where they won a gold and silver award.
This year, the competition was held at Waikato University. Many competitors took part from all around the country, and the competition attracted groups who were school bands such as Macleans, as well as community and local bands.
The Macleans College Symphonic Band competed on the 14th of September. Being only a junior band at the school, they did extremely well to receive a Silver Award at the competition. The following day, the Senior Concert Band performed their pieces and received very warm applause from the audience. The Senior Concert Band received the very prestigious gold award for their performance.
After the competition, the Senior Concert Band headed off to the Skycity Bowling Alley in Hamilton. The students were able to play two rounds of bowling and other arcade games at the alley. Year 12 student, Michelle Huang, a member of the band said that “the bowling afterwards was a great way to end our final major competition of the year. Everyone was very happy with the performances, so the atmosphere was very positive”.
This year, the Senior Concert Band has done extremely well again in all their major competitions. They recently received the Most Outstanding Gold award at the KBB music festival and have now received gold at the National Concert Band Festival.
The group look forward to ending their year with another spectacular performance at the leavers’ concert as well as at Senior Prizegiving.