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School band wins championship

May 19, 2014

The Home Street Middle School Band, which recently earned top honors at a Southern California competition. Photo submitted

Home Street Middle School’s music students earned a huge victory May 2 in Placentia and Anaheim, earning top honors in a competition against 40 other schools from across the U.S.
The school’s jazz band and the concert band each won the title of Best Overall Junior High/Middle School band at the May 2 Music in the Parks competition in Placentia. Awards ceremonies were held at Disneyland.
Home street students competed in the single A category, which includes schools with an enrollment of 750 students or less. However, there were a number of Double A schools competing.
The Home Street band is led by Dan Daugherty who not only teaches the middle school classes, but is responsible for teaching 5th grade band as well.
Daugherty took 64 Home Street students from 6th to 8th grade to this year’s Music in the Parks event, where more than 1,800 students representing more than 40 schools competed.
The school’s concert band performed selections from “Phantom of the Opera” and the movie “Cars” and the jazz band performed “Fat Burger” and “Ballistic Brass.”
Two judges scored each piece according to musical standards and, more importantly, provided the students with feedback to reinforce their instructor’s teaching.
In addition to the Best Overall award, which pitted the local students against both the Single and Double A schools, tenor saxophone player Joey Proger took the medal for outstanding jazz soloist. Daugherty said this is the highest achievement for Home Street Middle School.
Following the awards ceremony, the student musicians were rewarded with a day at Disneyland and California Adventure Land.
According to Daugherty, the Music in the Parks event provides an opportunity for schools from across the country, including Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Texas and Wyoming, to showcase their students’ musical talents. The event includes concert bands, orchestras, choirs and marching bands and is held each year to show students that music is something they can enjoy throughout their lives.
In addition to the live performance experience and the day at the Disney parks, the event teaches students a bit about finances, as they were responsible for fundraisers to offset the cost of entry, hotel accommodations and travel expenses.

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