Posted By Mr. Spang

Hello!
I wanted to let you know about our wonderfully successful trip to the Music in the Parks Festival at HersheyPark.  On Friday, May 21, we left from Folly Quarter Middle School at 5:30 in the morning with 200 students and 55 volunteer chaperons, staff members and conductors.  The Music Department performed eighteen musical selections in six separate performances for professional adjudicators.  The performances were rated and entered into a competition and the results were truly impressive.

There are two divisions and two age categories: 'A' (school populations less than 750 students, that us...) and 'AA' (school population over 750); 'middle school/junior high' and 'high school.'  Also, each one is further divided into two sections ('I' and 'II') for schools sending more than one band, or chorus, and so on...  Every ensemble receives a score in ten categories, and then they are totaled and compared with other ensembles in the same division and age categories to earn 'places.'  In all, there were over 2000 students involved from 5 states.

In addition, schools are given ratings: Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair or Poor.

The Concert Band (under the direction of Mr. Spang) earned a 1st Place in the Junior High/Middle School Concert Band II Division and a "Superior" rating.

The Symphonic Band (under the direction of Mr. Spang) earned a 1st Place in the Junior High/Middle School Concert Band I Division and a "Superior" rating.

In addition, our Symphonic Band earned the Best Overall Junior High/Middle School Concert Band trophy for the band with the highest score of the day, regardless of school population.  This is an extremely prestigious award and I couldn't have been more proud of the kids' accomplishments in earning this impressive trophy.

The Symphony Strings (under the direction of Mr. Walls) earned 1st Place and an "Excellent" rating.

The Chamber Symphony (under the direction of Mr. Spang & Mr. Walls) earned 1st Place and a "Superior" rating.

In addition, the Chamber Symphony earned the Best Overall Junior High/Middle School Orchestra trophy for the orchestra (string or full orchestra) with the highest score of the day, regardless of school population.  This is an extremely prestigious award and we couldn't have been more proud of the kids' accomplishments in earning this impressive trophy, as well.

The Advanced Chorus (under the direction of Mrs. Sartor) earned 1st Place in the Junior High/Middle School Mixed Chorus I Division and a "Superior" rating.

The FQMS Singers (under the direction of Mrs. Sartor) earned 1st Place in the Junior High/Middle School Treble Chorus I Division and an "Excellent" rating.

On a side note, the Advanced Chorus was only 0.75 points (less than one point!) away from being tied for the Best Overall Junior High/Middle School Chorus award!

Lastly, we are very excited to announce that Folly Quarter was selected for the Esprit de Corps Award for this year's festival!  The Esprit de Corps Award is presented to the students from a school who demonstrated proper social behavior as well as musical behavior/encouragement.  They possess the qualities of highly successful people who are sensitive to the feelings of others and applaud accomplishments no matter if by one's own school or another school.  Evaluation has taken place from arrival at the festival site to the awards presentation.  All schools are eligible for this award, but only one group has the honor of taking this trophy with them back to their school.

 
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