Nordhoff musicians strike
by Randy Harward, contributor
The Nordhoff High School Music Department just returned from
its annual Spring Tour - this year to the lovely "City by
the Bay," San Francisco.
The group of almost 100 students had a very full agenda, competing
in five separate band and choral competitions at the Heritage
Music Festival in Palo Alto, performing at Golden Gate Park and
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, and attending clinics specifically
for Nordhoff at both Stanford University and San Jose State University.
While on tour the group also visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium,
Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the Science Exploratorium,
Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Great America, and saw the hit musical,
The 30-plus schools competing at the Heritage Festival came from
all over California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, and Nordhoff
is proud to announce that the Nordhoff Music Department took
first place in all competitions, specifically:
· The Gold 'n Blue Chorale won First Place and a Mixed
Choir Silver Award.
· The A Cappella Singers won First Place and a Chamber
Choir Silver Award.
· The Ranger Marching Band and Color Guard won First Place
and a Parade Review Silver Award.
· The Jazz Band won First Place and a Jazz Band Gold Award.
· And the Symphonic Band won First Place and a Concert
Band Gold Award.
Additionally, Nordhoff was awarded the Instrumental Sweepstakes
Award for the highest average score of a school with three instrumental
ensembles. And they also were awarded the Overall Festival Sweepstakes
Award, the final and top award of the competition, for the highest
average score for the schools with combined instrumental and
choral ensembles. It was quite an honor to win these awards,
especially with their friends from Ventura High cheering them
The Nordhoff Music Department thanks everyone in the community
for their support of music and the arts at Nordhoff, and for
the generous support for the many fund-raising events needed
to bring these annual tours together.
The Spring Tour tradition will continue and the group is particularly
excited about next year as they have received a special invitation
to perform an entire program at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The entire Ojai community, and Nordhoff Music Director Bill Wagner,
have reason to be proud as this honor is only extended by special
invitation based on the reputation of the quality of a schools
Congratulations to all the students, faculty and parents involved!
Randy Harward is the president of Maestro.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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