Congratulations to Ferndale Orchestra teacher Ben Moy who was selected as one of the three finalists for the MSBOA Orchestra Teacher of the Year award. The winner will be named at the Michigan Music Conference in January 2018. Good luck, Mr. Moy!
Ferndale orchestra teacher Ben Moy was named Teacher of the Year for District 4 by the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA). Fittingly, Moy, who also swings a mean lightsaber, learned he had received the award on May 4th (May the 4th Be With You), also known as international Star Wars Day.
Congratulations, Ben. We're so glad you have been recognized outside the district for the amazing work we have grown to appreciate over the years.
We are proud to announce that Ferndale Schools has 8 students who have been selected to perform as part of the Oakland University Honors Orchestra weekend Nov. 11-13, 2016. The students will work with Alan McNair and perform two movements from the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings as well as the Overture to "Candide" with wind and percussion players from the Oakland Symphony. It is a very exciting opportunity for these students. The students who are participating are:
- Katie Keener
- William McElgunn
- Anabel Sicko
- Jacob Keener
- Rachel Arquero
- Margaret Dominic
- George Van Der Vennet
- Kita Van Der Vennet
Congratulations to the FHS Golden Eagle Marching who won their second straight state championship at the The Michigan Competing Band Association Championships this past Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit.
This title bolsters the already overflowing trophy case for the Golden Eagles, as it was the 9th State Championship for the storied program. In addition to taking first place in Flight IV the Golden Eagles also took home all three caption awards; Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, and Outstanding General Effect.
“While it is wonderful for the band to have earned their 9th State Championship in the last 13 years, I am particularly proud of this year’s band because over 1/3 of the entire band are first year marchers, and yet the group as a whole ‘showed up for work’ every rehearsal and got incrementally better each time. That’s hard for any group to do, even far more experienced bands,” said Marching Band Director Elon Jamison.
The competition was tough for the Golden Eagles, but they won Flight IV with a total score of 91.65, besting the second place Newaygo, who finished with a score of 89.875.
A huge shout out to all of the parents and marching band boosters for their tireless work in support of the marching band.
A special thank you to the Golden Eagle Marching Band Facebook page for providing these outstanding images! Check out the page for more great images and video: