This past Saturday, the countless hours of work put in by some of the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s best musicians culminated in an outstanding concert at the Central District Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Senior Festival. The concert took place in historic Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester and included performances by the Central District Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Chorus. These four groups were made up of highly skilled student-musicians from high schools all throughout central Massachusetts, all of whom auditioned in competitive fields for their spots in their respective ensembles. 12 students represented Groton-Dunstable in the various performances. An oboist, a clarinetist, and a pianist all performed in the Concert Band, and a violist performed in the Orchestra. In the Chorus, there were two sopranos, two altos, three tenors, and one bass from Groton-Dunstable.
This group of students was comprised of sophomores, juniors and seniors, some of whom had been in the program before and other who were doing it for the first time. They had only a mere two-and-a-half days of rehearsal before their performances on Saturday, but the result was incredible. All of the students put in lots of time on their own to learn the music which demanded very high levels of proficiency.
Max Wheeler, a clarinetist and junior at GDRHS, was among those selected to be in the Central District’s Concert Band. “Districts was an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Wheeler. The opportunity for young people to develop and show their skills through the district’s festival is truly an amazing one. Just being accepted into one of the ensembles is a very big deal for students, and performing with so many other skilled musicians is an experience like none other.