PCMS Music honors
PCMS music awards
Student performers recognized in special ceremony
After a busy spring of performing and competing, the bands and choirs at Port Chester Middle School celebrated their success with the end-of-the-year Performing Arts Awards.
“This is one of my favorite nights because we get to recognize all of our very, very talented students,” Principal Patrick Swift said. “I say every year we have the most talented kids you can imagine.
It’s amazing what our kids do.”
The event, held on June 10, came days after performers returned from a successful trip competing in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They earned several honors in the Pennsylvania competition including: First Place Middle School Jazz Ensemble AA, Second Place Middle School Concert Band 1 AA, First Place Middle School Show Choir AA and the Hershey Park Esprit de Corps Award.
“We had a really, really successful year, topped off with our trip to Hershey,” Music Department Chair Ken Kraut said. “The students earned these honors because of their team spirit. Another way of defining it is also your kindness and cooperation.”
During the ceremony both the seventh-and-eighth grade chorus president and band presidents addressed the crowd. An announcement was made naming the new members of the governing body.
Students in the orchestra, band and chorus received their All-County pins along with New York State School Music Association vocal and instrumental medals.
Many also received awards for Show Choir Participation and Excellence in Musicianship. Individuals won honors for Excellence in Singing, Acting and Dancing.
Several students in the band received Blue Key Band Awards. Students must earn a certain number of points in order to be eligible. This year, 40 musicians earned their Blue Key. In addition, several band members earned the Gold Key Band Awards. A musician must earn a Blue Key in order to be eligible for the Gold Key, and there were 22 musicians who were eligible this year. According to Mr. Kraut, the Blue Key Band Award is a 75-year tradition. It is thought to be the oldest school Music Honor Society of its kind in the country, he said.
“As you can tell from the awards program, we have a number of ways to honor our students’ achievements. Whether or not it helps younger students to strive for the same results, the awards are still important because of the recognition they bestow based on a student’s achievement,” Mr. Kraut said.