On May 31, the Huntley Middle School bands, orchestras and choirs took part in the 2014 Music in the Parks Festival competition. The students performed in the morning in front of judges at Viking Middle School in Gurnee, followed by fun and an awards presentation at Six Flags Great America.
The HMS band, choir and orchestra ensembles swept the entire event, winning multiple awards in their individual competitions and taking home top honors.
The sixth grade orchestra, led by director Allison Liska, earned a rating of “Good.” The seventh and eighth grade orchestra took first place in the orchestra division and was rated “Excellent.”
Both the sixth-seventh grade choir and the eighth grade choir, led by director Kim Moorman, earned a “Superior” rating. The eighth grade choir placed second in the choir division, and the sixth-seventh grade choir placed first.
The sixth grade concert band and the seventh-eighth grade concert band, led by director Sean Potts, both earned a “Superior” rating in the band division. The seventh-eighth grade concert band took first place.
The seventh-eighth grade concert band, sixth-seventh grade choir, and seventh-eighth grade orchestra each went on to win first place overall in their categories.
The entire HMS Music Department was awarded the 2014 Esprit de Corps (or Spirit Award) for their outstanding performances and their superb behavior and focus throughout the day.
“It was a fantastic day for our students and the music program overall,” Moorman said in a news release. “In addition to this experience for the kids, we are bringing home 10 trophies, which truly highlight the amazing talent we have at HMS.”
The HMS seventh-eighth grade concert band had the highest combined score of any instrumental group for the entire competition, including all of the orchestras and other bands in different divisions. Their overall average score was a 93.5 out of 100.
“To say I am proud of these kids is an understatement,” Potts said in the release. “I was really at a loss for words most of the afternoon. In my four years at HMS, these are the highest scores and highest ratings our ensembles have earned at Music in the Parks. What a great way for us to close out this school year.”