SPHS Band and Orchestra Excels at Seattle Festival

SPHS Jazz Band, Symphonic Band and Orchestra students take a break during recent competition at the Heritage Festival in Seattle, Washington. Photo Courtesy of SPHS Music Boosters

The South Pasadena High School Jazz Band, Symphonic Band all earned gold for their performances at the Heritage Festival completion in Seattle, Washington.

Orchestra and Symphonic Band were the only ensembles at the entire festival to receive the Adjudicator Trophies. In addition, SPHS was awarded the Instrumental Sweepstakes Trophy (the highest average score of two instrumental groups from one school), the Outstanding Band Trophy, and the Outstanding Orchestra Trophy.

Out of 1,000 students who participated at the Seattle Heritage Festival, five were given the Ovation Award for solos. Three of the five winners were from SPHS. They were Kelsey Lih, Orchestra; Euan Zhang, Jazz Band; Niko Tripodis, Jazz Band.