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Wilton High School‘s music department once again received rave reviews during its annual Music Adjudication trip. For the school’s 10 performing groups that took part in the 2017 Festivals of Music in Boston last weekend, they brought home three gold medals (‘Superior’), six silver medals (‘Excellent’) and one ‘Good’ ranking.

Here’s how the performing groups were rated and ranked:

Jazz Band I:  Excellent (ranked 3rd)
Jazz Band II:  Good (ranked 3rd)
Concert Band:  Excellent (ranked 3rd)
Wind Ensemble:  Excellent (ranked 4th)
Symphonic Orchestra:  Excellent (non-competition)
Concert Orchestra:  Excellent (ranked 1st)
Chamber Singers:  Superior (ranked 1st)
Madrigals:  Superior (ranked 2nd)
Mens’ Choir:  Excellent (ranked 1st)
Concert Choir:  Superior (ranked 1st)

In addition, the WHS Chamber Singers were honored as the Overall High School Concert Choir (selected as the number one overall choral group at the Festival). According to Sam Gumins, one of the parent chaperones and organizers, it was a nice send-off for vocal/choral director Betsey de Groff, who is retiring after this year.

In total, Wilton sent 262 students on the trip along with five music directors (de Groff, , one administrator (principal Dr. Robert O’Donnell), 23 chaperones, and two photographers.

Six busses left Wilton at 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning, April 21, headed for the Boston area. The groups performed at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center and Silver Lake Regional Middle School before capping off a long day on a Spirit of Boston Dinner Cruise. The group received their awards at a ceremony following breakfast on Saturday and then enjoyed the day at Six Flags New England before ending the trip with a picnic-in-the-park BBQ. Buses pulled back into Wilton High School’s parking lots at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.

All photos are published courtesy of Ema Whitaker Photography and Rina Eidelberg, as indicated. Video courtesy of Mae Tighe

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