The Daleville High School Concert Band made the 2,100-mile round trip to New York City and brought back two pieces of hardware from the Heritage Performance New York City Music Festival.
The trophies recognized the band as the top program in attendance at the festival, and gave recognition to the group for receiving all superior scores during the competition phase.
“It took a lot of practice,” said Tyme Jacobs, band captain. “We work hard during our fourth block classes, and it feels amazing to be able to represent for our school and town. It sets a bar for the next generation to come up and try to match. I want the younger students to work hard to try to surpass us.”
Daleville routinely brings in high marks at local competitions in Opp and Troy, but to do it on the grand stage of New York City meant a lot to the members.
The contest and festival featured bands from around the United States and Canada, and the members of the DHS ensemble were happy to show that the state of Alabama can perform with the best.
“It makes you really proud,” said Dylan Sanders, band sergeant. “Down here in ‘Smallville,’ Alabama, we are able to be really talented. We are going against bands from Montana, New York and Canada and were able to be the best. We have a lot of pride in our school and in our band.”
Jacobs and Sanders, both seniors, reveled the chance to go to New York before graduation and will look back on the experience for years to come.