A weekend ago, the CCHS Band as well as the Orchestra performed at the MICCA (Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association) State Concert Festival under the direction of David Gresko. The Orchestra performed on Friday, March 24, and the Concert Band on Sunday, March 26. The MICCA Festival is a statewide competition that is held at six different high schools – the CC groups performed at Lexington High School and played three varying pieces. At these festivals, various high school music groups performed and were evaluated by qualified adjudicators, and groups were given a bronze, silver, or gold medal based on their performances.
The CCHS Orchestra performed American Sketches by Pierre La Plante, and Of Glorious Plumage by Richard Meyer. The CCHS Concert Band performed Firefly by Ryan George, The Earle of Oxford Marche from the William Byrd Suite by Gordon Jacob, and With Heart and Voice by David Gillingham. The repertoire ranged drastically in their tempo, style and genre. Around eight or nine groups, from various other schools, performed the same day as the CCHS Concert Band. For the second time in three years, the CCHS Band was the only group to win a gold medal. CCHS’s gold medal continues the long streak the band has maintained, winning a gold medal in 24 of the past 25 MICCA competitions. The CCHS Orchestra’s gold medal this year is their fourth in a row. The orchestra will be performing in Symphony Hall as part of MICCA’S “Gold Medal Showcase” on April 15, which will feature various other bands who also received gold medals.