Every year Wilton High School music students travel to an annual Music Adjudication Competition. Wilton’s music program has always had a strong tradition of excellence and success at the competition. But this year the 300 WHS musicians who travelled to the contest in Philadelphia excelled beyond imagination.
Attending the competition were 1,300 students in total from eight different schools in four different states. The schools performed and competed on Friday, April 24, and results were announced the following day, April 25. Wilton entered several different music groups in contention: Chorus, Orchestra, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz I and Jazz II. Traveling with the students were WHS music directors Chip Gawle, John Rhodes, Betsey DeGroff and Marty Meade.
The WHS groups won the following awards and commendations from the judges:
- Bottom Line (Men’s): 1st place, superior rating.
- Madrigals: 1st place, superior rating
- Chamber Singers: 1st place and overall festival winner, superior rating
- Choir: 1st place and overall festival winner, superior rating
- Concert Orchestra: 1st place, excellent rating
- Symphonic Orchestra: 1st place, excellent rating
- Jazz I: 2nd place in their division (different from Jazz II division), superior rating
- Jazz II: 1st place in their division, excellent rating
- Elliot Connors: best Jazz soloist.
- Concert Band: 1st place, excellent rating
- Wind Ensemble: 1st place and overall festival winner, superior rating,
“We are so proud of our students. They have represented their families, their school and their town fabulously by their terrific behavior and by their focus during performance. In addition, our parent volunteers have dedicated tremendous energy to organizing and running the trip. It is a fine moment for our music department and for our school.” says Chip Gawle, the WHS music director.