Campbellford District High School has won first place in the province in the high school jazz ensemble category of the Ontario Music Festivals Provincial Finalist Competition being held in Peterborough. Campbellford won over schools from across the province, including Toronto's Lawrence Park, which finished second.
It was the latest success of the group from Campbellford, which was also a big winner at the Nationals of Musicfest Canada at the University of Toronto in May. Campbellford DHS won two gold awards in the senior jazz ensemble and jazz combo categories and also had a student, Peter Wowk, 18, win a major national award as one of the finest young musicians in the country.
Campbellford’s jazz groups were highly praised by several adudicators for having outstanding performances. Christine Jensen, one of Canada’s top saxophonists, commented that the senior jazz group was “swinging its butt off and was fabulous.” “There are so many great things going on with the band,” said Jensen.
Many other adjudicators and teachers throughout the day offered their congratulations on the outstanding CDHS performances, said CDHS director Dave Noble.
Two Campbellford performers -- Wowk and Meaghan Steinmann, 17, won leadership awards at the national festival.
CDHS musicians staged shows for 1,200 local elementary students in their high school gym last week to highlight the sounds of the school's music program. In addition, each elementary school staged a musical number in the collaborative production.
CDHS Music is generously sponsored by Scott Drummond GM in Campbellford.