June 6, 2006 > Music Awards banquet
Music Awards banquet
by Kevin Hanson
On May 24, the Newark Unified School District Music Department hosted their first Band Awards banquet. This event was established this year to recognize the hard work and efforts of district band students. David Smith, Mayor of Newark was guest speaker with John Bernard, Superintendent of Schools also in attendance.
A musician himself, Mayor Dave congratulated and praised the students for their hard work and accomplishments. He spoke about leadership and how they as young people can affect their school and community in a positive manner encouraging them to always take what they do seriously; but not themselves so much.... and to enjoy making music.
By popular vote, Jimmy Carter and Rachel Camins were elected King and Queen of the Band. The newly-formed Newark Memorial High School Jazz band performed.
Individual award winners
Outstanding Elementary Instrumentalist
Most Improved Junior High Instrumentalist
Outstanding Junior High Instrumentalist
Most Promising Junior Instrumentalist
Most Promising Sophomore Instrumentalist
Most Promising Freshmen Instrumentalist
Most Improved High School Instrumentalist
Outstanding High School Instrumentalist
National School Marching Award
T. K. Hamilton
Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award
John Philip Sousa Band Award
Concluding the evening, David Smith, and Dr. James & Joan Carter were awarded "Patron of the Arts" recognition for their "outstanding support of music in our schools and community." This first-time event was enjoyed by all.