Hanover High School’s instrumental music program has shown its dedication and talent in several recent performances and competitions, according to band director Matt Harden.
The Jazz Ensemble had an extremely positive experience and an excellent performance at the MAJE Cape Cod/Coastal Jazz Festival on Feb. 28, Harden wrote in an email to the school community. Seniors Megan Abbott, Ben Goslin, and Thomas Clinton were all recognized with Outstanding Musicianship awards and the band received a Bronze Medal. Most importantly, Mr. Harden said, they were recognized for their enthusiasm, attentiveness, challenging literature, and their improvement over the year.
On Feb. 15, the symphonic band participated in the sixth annual South Shore Band Exchange Concert hosted by Taunton High School. Hanover was joined by ensembles from Pembroke, Scituate, Duxbury and Taunton. Each group performed 25 minutes worth of music for each other in a collaborative and supportive environment – musicians performing for musicians, Mr. Harden said. The repertoire list was worthy of many college programs.
“It was inspiring to see our students take the stage and hold their own with these other fine programs, many of whom sent their ‘auditioned’ or ‘select’ ensemble,” Mr. Harden said. “I love that our band at HHS is inclusive of everyone with a wide variety of abilities and ages”
Here is a link to the performance: