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Holy Cross Collegiate Music Students Shine! – StrathmoreNow.com

As the year draws to a close and students prepare to return home for the summer, watching students excel in the school’s music program has been a proud moment for Sarah Haughey, Music Director of the Holy Cross Collegiate.

“We have once again had an incredible year performing live! Spring has brought a wealth of performance opportunities which have been greatly appreciated by our students,” she said.

Haughey says, “I feel like it was probably one of the best years with the music program at Holy Cross Collegiate. I think after the pandemic and a few years of not being able to do much, it was really exciting to see how the kids all dug in and stuck together and accomplished some massive things.

“I am truly impressed by the sheer courage and determination of all students at Holy Cross Collegiate. We’ve done a lot with athletics and spirit and fine arts to bring the community back to life after the pandemic and I’m really proud of them and their enthusiasm,” she said.

“We had the opportunity to participate in the Alberta International Band Festival as well as our own Strathmore Performing Arts Festival. The Holy Cross World Drumming Ensemble received a Shining Star Award for their performance of traditional Japanese taiko at our local festival. And the World Drumming Ensemble and the High School Band have been invited to perform at the festival’s annual Showcase Concert,” Haughey said.

This year, three students from Holy Cross Collegiate were accepted into the Alberta Youth Wind Symphony this. The Wind Symphony is made up of dedicated music students from across the province. Althea Rueda (Grade 12), Ryann Tashlikowich (Grade 12) and Mickaela Boll (Grade 11) represented HCC this year and Boll’s audition landed him the role of lead percussionist.

The Music Director noted that the HCC Drumline participated in the Canadian Drumline Association Festival in Calgary this year alongside Drumlines from across the province, including the Calgary Stampede Winterguard.

Haughey explained that the school has been involved in the world drumming program for about six years now and that students are exposed to West African and Japanese taiko drumming as well as steel drumming from Trinidad and Tobago. .

In the past, students traveled to the University of Lethbridge once a year for specialized education.

The highlight of our festival season was participating in the Alberta Band Association’s Provincial Band Festival! HCC Grade 7 Band and HCC Grade 8/9 Band both scored Excellent + (Silver+) and HCC High School Band walked away with Superior (Gold)! This is the highest rating awarded to the Festival. Achieving a higher ranking at the ABA Provincial Festival is quite an achievement! This year, more than 90 schools from across the province competed and 29 received top rankings.

To top it all off, HCC had the Calgary Stampede Winterguard Showband visit the school on Tuesday as part of a student recruiting session.