In the last week of April of this year, 85 members of the Thomas Street Middle School Gr. 8 Band travelled to Guelph to participate in the Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival. Our Gr. 8 Band was accorded a Gold Standing with a mark of 88%, thus creating an invitation to make a recording for the Provincial Finals. With the outstanding assistance of Mr. Sean Habumehl of Long & McQuade, we created a recording of two selections, Festivity and Ash Lawn Echoes, in the acoustically beautiful Eden United Church in Mississauga.
On Monday, June 16, 2014 we received news that the Thomas Street Gr. 8 Band had placed SECOND out of fourteen bands from across the entire province, an achievement never equalled before at this school. When one considers further two of the fourteen schools were Performing Arts schools, the Thomas Gr. 8 Band’s achievement is even more remarkable.
A huge congratulations goes out to a remarkable group of Gr. 8 Band students at Thomas Street, to their parents, to the Gr. 8 staff for their support and to the Administration and secretaries of Thomas Street.
Finally, let it be known, and for the record, that excellence stood and shone brightly in an extraordinary group of students whose dedication to making music is deserved of praise.
Quote from the O.M.F.A.’s congratulatory letter:
“Dear Conductor and Participants: On behalf of the Ontario Music Festival Association, I would like to thank you for entering the 2014 O.M.F.A. Recorded Competition. It is a credit to your musical group’s hard work and your dedication as a conductor that your group has risen to be one of the top amateur groups in Ontario”.