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Confederation music students capture gold and silver awards

The school year is ending on a high note for the newly formed Confederation Secondary School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of teacher Meghan Saaremets.

The Jazz Ensemble participated in the Northern Ontario Music Festival for the first time this year and received a Gold Standing Award and an invitation to participate in MusicFest Canada.

“They were thrilled to take in performances from other school bands and rose to the challenge when it was their time to take the stage,” says Meghan Saaremets. “Following their performance, they participated in a clinic with one of the professional adjudicators.”

The group of talented musicians rose to the challenge once again when they travelled to Toronto to participate in MusicFest Canada. They earned a Silver Standing Award and were commended on the musical success that they were able to achieve in such a short period of time.

Following MusicFest Canada, the Jazz Ensemble performed at Canada’s Wonderland Festival of Music, where they received further praise for their musical achievements.

“My favourite moment was the morning of the Northern Ontario Music Festival when we were rehearsing,” says Jazz Ensemble member Trinity Kotyluk. “We finally got the crescendo at the end of our piece and everyone went from being nervous to excited. It was really nice to have a supportive role model who wanted us to learn and grow musically.”

The Confederation Secondary School Jazz Ensemble looks forward to participating in a variety of festivals and community concerts in the 2018-2019 school year.

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Media Contact:

Pablo Gil-Alfau, Principal, Confederation Secondary School,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-671-5948.

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The newly formed Confederation Secondary School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of teacher Meghan Saaremets, captured impressive awards. Band members include, first row, from left, Faith Gravestock-Bleishwitz, Brooke Fredette, Christopher Caruso and Alannah Lawson; second row, from left, teacher Meghan Saaremets, Emma Oldford, Trinity Kotyluk and Erica Pluta; and third row, from left, Kody Preseau, Braydon MacNeil, Cooper Michael and Callum McConnell.
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The newly formed Confederation Secondary School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of teacher Meghan Saaremets, captured impressive awards. Band members include, first row, from left, teacher Meghan Saaremets, Alannah Lawson, Cooper Michael, Trinity Kotyluk and Christopher Caruso; second row, from left, Braydon MacNeil, Erica Pluta and Emma Oldford; third row, from left, Kody Preseau, Brooke Fredette and Faith Gravestock-Bleishwitz; and fourth row, Callum McConnell.