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June 3, 2014 > Toot your horn for musicians of Hopkins Jr. High

Toot your horn for musicians of Hopkins Jr. High

Submitted By Queenie Chong

The Music Department of Hopkins Junior High School, Fremont, is pleased to announce the latest achievements of its fine musicians. At the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Band and Orchestra Festival 2014 held on April 11 Ð 12 at California State University East Bay, Hayward, the Concert Band and Symphonic Band earned ÒExcellentÓ and ÒSuperiorÓ ratings, respectively. Wind Ensemble, the highest level of band program offered by the school, was awarded ÒUnanimous Superior!Ó

During the same festival weekend, this highest-possible rating was received not once, but twice, for HopkinsÕ orchestra program. Intermediate Orchestra and Advanced Orchestra each received an overwhelming ÒUnanimous SuperiorÓ rating!

ÒHopkinsÕ musicians have consistently taken home ÔUnanimous SuperiorÕ ratings and plaques over the last 20 years. Ours is considered to be among the best of music programs in the state of California,Ó acknowledges Mr. Greg Conway, Director of Instrumental Music.

HopkinsÕ students have invariably impressed adjudicators at music festivals of the highest caliber. For this reason, Wind Ensemble and Advanced Orchestra were invited to perform in the CMEA California All-State Band and Orchestra Festival 2014 at San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, on May 23. As two of the top-performing ensembles in the state selected to participate in this festival, each group again brought home a ÒUnanimous SuperiorÓ rating.

A continuing crisis is that HopkinsÕ music rooms are running out of walls for mounting the plaques which testify to the studentsÕ consistent and distinguished accomplishments at various festivals over decades. They are also in dire need of extra shelving space as more and more trophies proceed to make Hopkins their rightful home. If you can donate shelves, contact Hopkins parent, Serena Yin at (510) 378-4678.

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