Coronado music groups sweep Anaheim

       Coronado High School's singers and instrumentalists swept away the Sweep-stakes trophy at the Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, Calif., in late March.
       The award went to the high school with the highest number of points in choir, orchestra and band.
       En route to the Sweepstakes, first-place honors went to the Blue Notes (jazz-singing group), the Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Band, with the Wind Ensemble named the Outstanding Band at the festival. Soloist trophies went to Katy Simpson (clarinet), Britt Ciampa (drums) and Nick Darpino (tenor sax).
       Coronado music teachers are Alan Combs (band), Jeff Hodur (choir) and Mindi Loewen (orchestra).
       It was the first time all three Coronado musical disciplines sent groups to the same event. In all, 101 students rode charter buses to Anaheim and back. The band and orchestra students got to play at Disneyland. “California was good,” Hodur summed up. “It was exciting for the kids.”
       Holmes Middle School's eighth-grade jazz band has received Superior ratings (highest possible score) at various multi-school jazz festivals this school year and was judged best of all the middle or high schools at the Wasson High event in February.
       Eighth-grade trumpet player Miles Roth won soloist awards at two festivals, including Wasson, while the saxophone section was deemed the best at Wasson.
       Not far behind was Holmes' seventh-grade jazz band, which has also received Superior ratings at festivals and was second at Wasson.
       Both bands are directed by Holmes band instructor Ken Shane.

Westside Pioneer/press release