The schools' in our area are extremely talented, have you noticed?

St. Anthony's School had the opportunity to attended the Alberta Festival of Bands sponsored by the Alberta Band Association last Thursday, May 11.

Specifically, the Junior and Senior bands at St. Anthony's School.

"They achieved a ranking of excellence," said band instructor and teacher at St. Anthony's, Laurie Lotts. "And in sight reading, had a ranking of superior. Which I was really proud."

A superior ranking is classified as top marks with the Alberta Festival Bands judges'. Lotts explained that three adjudicators listened to St. Anthony's 30 minute performance. From there, one of the adjudicators worked with the artists on timing and finesse. Finally, a person comes in and gives the students three pieces of music to sight read, where they will then follow with the three pieces being performed live.

"We have 38 students(in both bands combined)," beamed Lotts. "I told the kids how proud I was and I think i saw some chests that were pretty puffed up."

Lotts is looking forward to next years new students who will become apart of St. Anthony's band and the Alberta Festival of Bands she hopes they'll compete in as well.

"(This year) we'll play for the grade 12 grad," Lotts explained the final performances for this year. "And then our fine arts night is coming up. It's a Tuesday, June 6 is the date."

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