Lakeville South High School’s band program has earned top honors, including the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall at a future date.
The recognition came as part of the band’s trip to Colorado April 4-9.
Four performing groups from LSHS (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble) with a total of 130 musicians performed in an exchange concert with Arvada West High School and in a WorldStrides Onstage music festival.
The band earned multiple honors; two of the most impressive were the LSHS Jazz Band earned a Gold rating and “Most Outstanding Band Performance,” which qualified them to perform at Carnegie Hall. In addition, LSHS student Danny David was awarded the Maestro Award, which is earned by demonstrating extraordinary musical ability and sensitivity. The judges selected just five musicians for this award out of all of the musicians that made up the performing choirs, orchestras and bands from around the country.
Chad Bieniek, the band’s director, said he loved this trip because he was able to share his love of music and the mountains with his students. Multiple pieces the bands performed were inspired and composed with the mountains of Colorado in mind. Aside from music and the planned sites, students were able to wake up early for a morning jog in the mountain air, hike up the Manitou Incline followed by a trail run down, and just be kids with a giant snowball fight in the pine and aspen woods at 10,000 feet.
Between performances, the students were able to take in the sights of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado Springs, including the great sandstone formations of Garden of the Gods, views from Pike’s Peak, the Air Force Academy, Cave of the Winds, Royal Gorge Bridge and the Manitou Anasazi Cliff Dwellings.
The bands will hold their final concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 in the Lakeville South High School auditorium. The music of the evening will be Music of the Movies, but the Wind Ensemble will also be performing the famous piece with lyrics that were inspired by the view from Pike’s Peak, “America the Beautiful.” Pictures from the band’s tour will be on display during the performance.