On Tuesday, May 1st, Stratford Northwestern hosted the 4th annual Loud & Proud elementary band festival.
Loud & Proud is a mass band event that features over 470 muscians, mainly from grades 5-8, from 15 schools from all corners of the Avon Maitland District School Board.
During the afternoon, the musicians participated in two mass band rehearsals, led by Mr. Andrew Gill, a recent graduate of South Huron District High School and The University of Western Ontario. They also participated in smaller instrumental workshops, led by 19 volunteer musicians from the Waterloo, London, and Goderich areas.
The evening performance was a huge success. Each of the 15 schools performed individually, then all 470+ musicians performed 3 pieces as one gigantic mass band. It was definitely very Loud and the performers were very proud.
A special thanks goes out to the teachers who gave up their space for the afternoon and evening, the custodial staff, the school administration, and the grade 9-12 stage crew and the Northwestern 7/8 band for their hard work throughout the day.