Long Beach musicians presented extraordinary performances at the NYSSMA Majors event, held at Hofstra University from May 18-24. Fourteen different ensembles representing the middle and high school levels earned top awards.
 
The performance groups received a total of four gold awards, nine silver awards and a bronze award.

The full list of awards is as follows:

•    Long Beach Middle School Sixth Grade Band: Level I Gold  
•    Long Beach High School Wind Ensemble: Level VI Bronze
•    Long Beach High School Concert Orchestra: Level III Gold
•    Long Beach High School Symphonic Orchestra: Level V Silver
•    Long Beach High School Mixed Chorus: Level VI Silver
•    Long Beach High School Ninth Grade Band: Level 4 Gold
•    Long Beach High School Symphonic Band: Level 5 Silver
•    Long Beach Middle School Seventh Grade Band: Level II Silver  
•    Long Beach Middle School Eighth Grade Band: Level III Silver
•    Long Beach Middle School Sixth Grade Orchestra: Level I Silver
•    Long Beach Middle School Seventh Grade Orchestra: Level II Gold
•    Long Beach Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra: Level III Silver
•    Lido School Chorus: Level II Silver
•    East School Chorus: Level I Silver

The Long Beach Public Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM foundation for seven consecutive years. The district offers a strong music program complete with a range of courses, extra-curricular opportunities and performance groups, providing students with many outlets to explore and express their talents and interests.

Long Beach musicians participate in a number of regional competitions each year and the schools continue to celebrate students’ selections to NYSSMA All-State and All-County ensembles, the Long Island String Festival Association concerts and other prestigious events.