BHS Bands, Choirs Dominate “Music in the Parks” Competition
By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on May 06, 2013
The competition provided the opportunity for BHS Band Director Chris Hayslette to highlight his specialty of preparing and directing exceptional concert band and jazz ensemble performances. Both groups were awarded superior ratings after mesmerizing judges and audience members with a superb presentation of their musical talents. The most engaging performance of the entire competition was the BHS Jazz Ensemble’s arrangement of “Paper Moon,” with Brooke Cottrill providing lead vocals.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony Saturday evening, the most prestigious awards of the competition were presented to the highest scoring individual and ensemble performances, regardless of division. As if to put an exclamation point on the domination by Bridgeport High School earlier that evening, Brooke Cottrill received the Individual Soloist Medal, and both the Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band won the Overall Champion Trophy. Competing this past weekend were many, much larger public and private schools, traveling from as far as Georgia. Congratulations to BHS on earning seven-time top honors.