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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
Jesus Loza

Most Improved Junior High Instrumentalist
Michael White

Outstanding Junior High Instrumentalist
Francis Espiritu

Most Promising Junior Instrumentalist
James Carter

Most Promising Sophomore Instrumentalist
Yvonne Kwan

Most Promising Freshmen Instrumentalist
Kyle Kane

Most Improved High School Instrumentalist
Edgar Rodriquez

Outstanding High School Instrumentalist
Stephanie Valerio

National School Marching Award
T. K. Hamilton

Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award
Jack Porter

John Philip Sousa Band Award
Rachel Camins

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.

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