The following is a press release:
Three of s bands recently returned from Williamsburg, VA. where they competed in their annual national adjudication and competition. This national music festival, hosted by the Music in the Parks festival company, featured 27 school districts and over eighty ensembles from across the nation. The ensembles performed before panels of nationally acclaimed, university level adjudicators. Tiverton High School sent three of its performing ensembles to the competition and had a very strong showing as all three performing groups captured top honors in each of their respective divisions.
The marching, concert and jazz bands, all under the direction of Mike Alves, were awarded top honors in each of their respective divisions and all received ratings of Superior in the Class “A” high school performance category. The band program has not earned three Superior ratings since 2007; which ironically was the last time they went to Williamsburg.
For the Tiger Marching Band, this victory was very special in another way. It represented the tenth consecutive year that the group took home the Class “A” Parade championship. Ironically (again), ten years ago, back in 2003 when Alves first took over the band program at Tiverton, the annual trip was to Williamsburg and the marching band won it’s first Class “A” Parade title.
“I’m extremely proud and genuinely happy for all of my students and their accomplishments this season," said Alves. “We talk extensively about the concept of beginning and ending points within the process of pursuing goals and not slowing down or giving up when the actual time to achieve comes about.
Alves said they set two goals back in August; one was to go after number 10 for the marching band and the other was to put up three superior ratings. They went down this year, as they try to every year, with the goal of putting forth the best effort possible for achieving that type of success across the board, and Tiverton did it.
"It took a total team effort that started at the beginning of camp back in July," he said. "We have a lot of young members that worked extremely hard for the entire preparation time; not just the first or last few weeks of the season. I’m particularly proud of their effort on staying focused on and ultimately achieving their goals.
Be sure to catch all of Tiverton High’s Performing Arts Ensembles on Wednesday, May 16 at the Tiverton High School auditorium for their annual spring concert. Also, look for the Tiger Marching Band at the upcoming Memorial Day Parade in Fall River, MA on Monday, May 28.