Middle schools earn top awards at music festival

National competition featured 20 schools at Anaheim event

Pleasanton Middle School and Harvest Park Middle School knew just the right notes to play to earn overall top awards at the Music in the Parks Festival held at Disneyland on April 24-26.

The PMS Jazz Band won overall top jazz band and 1st place in their division. The school's 8th grade Symphonic Band also won overall top award and 1st place in that division. The 7th grade concert band won first place, with the orchestra winning 1st place and the chorus winning 2nd place in their divisions.

Harvest Park Middle School also won top awards. The jazz band won 3rd place and its orchestra won 3rd place. The chorus won 2nd place.

The Music in the Parks Festival is a national competition that featured over 20 middle school and junior high schools competing in several divisions.

Pleasanton Middle School Music Director Jason Ravina brought 150 students and chaperones to the competition. Harvest Park Middle School Music Director Paul Perazzo and Choir Director Ana Hartwick brought a team of 153 students and chaperones to the competition as well.

-Ellen Pensky

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2009 at 7:48 pm

The article forgot to mention that the Harvest Park Wind Ensemble won second place. Congratulations to all groups involved!

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Posted by Thanks
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2009 at 11:08 am

Thanks to the Pleasanton Weekly for giving our kids a chance to have their few days of fame in their local newspaper. Not every child living in such a populated area has the chance to read their name and accomplishment in print.

For all the beating up you take PW for other issues, I wanted to send out a big THANKS for giving our kids their moments!!!

Congrats again to the great students in the Pleasanton school district who always do their best!

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

What issue of the PW was this article in?

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Posted by Joyce
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on May 4, 2009 at 8:38 am

Way to go PMS Students(and Harvest Park too)! A big round of applause to Mr. Ravina for this major undertaking. Also, to all the chaperones who kept an eye on the 150 students, you are truly special people. This is further example of the outstanding music programs and outstanding teachers we have in Pleasanton. May we continue to support them and their amazing programs!

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Posted by Joseph Kaye
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Some inaccurate reporting with the placement of the orchestra. Please refer to this YouTube video:
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