By RaAnna Kurek and Paige Copeland

This year, the Coginchaug Music Department attended The Festivals of Music adjudication in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The band and choir ensembles played and sang three songs of their choosing in front of three different judges. The ensembles competed against other ensembles from other parts of the United States.

The Coginchaug Music Department brought their Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band and Concert Band. Each of these ensembles put in hours and hours of work into the three pieces of music. Once they performed their songs, a judge went up and gave the ensembles little things that they can work on.

The awards ceremony at Busch Gardens. The judges placed the ensembles either first, second or third and rated them superior, excellent, or good. Concert band placed first with a superior rating. They also were awarded “Best Overall.” Jazz band placed third with a superior rating. Both Concert Choir and Chamber Choir were placed third with an excellent rating.

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