CENTRAL — R.C. Edwards Middle School festival band students and the strings orchestra students traveled to New York City from April 24 to April 28 to compete in the Worldstrides Heritage NYC Music Festival. Both groups took home honors.
The festival band placed first out of 16 high school ensembles from the United States and Canada. Their performance received perfect 100s from every judge on the panel. This is an accomplishment never before achieved at the NYC competition.
The band earned a gold rating, the Adjudicators’ Award, and the Sweepstakes Award. Seventh grader Richard Marsh received the Maestro Award for outstanding solo performance.
The strings orchestra received a plaque for a silver rating from the judges.
The R.C. Edwards festival band is made up of 88 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students and is directed by Daniel Marsh. The strings orchestra is directed by David Saliny.