WESTFIELD - The Westfield High School Westwinds recently traveled to Colorado where they completed a concert tour and performed at the Cavalcade of Music in Colorado Springs.
The Cavalcade is a large music festival, sponsored by the city of Colorado Springs, for high school and middle school aged choirs, orchestras and bands. Each participating group is given a chance to perform a 30-minute concert program in the El Tomar Great Hall, a concert hall in Colorado Springs, in front of a panel of collegiate and high school level adjudicators. Participating musicians from Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Arizona, Kansas, and Texas competed for honors in a variety of categories.
The Westfield High School Westwinds received a "superior" rating, the highest possible, on their performance and also received the Outstanding Performance by a Chamber Choir Award.
Members of the Westfield High School Westwinds pose with their trophies won at the Cavalcade of Music, Colorado Springs, Colo. The ensemble garnered a superior rating and Outstanding Performance by a Chamber Choir.
"I couldn't believe it!" Conductor Kent Knappenberger said. "These kids never cease to amaze me. I told them that it's one thing to receive recognition from friends and family, but another to be held up against ensembles from varying school sizes from all over the West and Southwest. We had a great time and all the kids represented our community in the best way possible."
Trophies from the event are on display at Westfield High School. The Westwinds make their final school concert appearance today at 7:30 p.m. in the Westfield School Auditorium.