LB Musicians Win at NYSSMA Majors

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Long Beach musicians presented extraordinary performances at this year’s NYSSMA Majors, held at Hofstra University from May 18-24. Sixteen different ensembles representing the middle and high school levels earned top awards. 

The performance groups received a total of one gold with distinction award, three gold awards, eleven silver awards and a bronze award.

The full list of awards is as follows: 

Long Beach High School Ninth Grade Concert Band: Level IV Gold with Distinction
Long Beach Middle School Sixth Grade Band: Level II Gold  
Long Beach Middle School Eighth Grade Concert Band: Level III Gold
Long Beach Middle School Sixth Grade Orchestra: Level I Gold
Long Beach High School Wind Ensemble: Level VI Silver
Long Beach High School Concert Orchestra: Level III Silver 
Long Beach High School Symphonic Orchestra: Level V Silver 
Long Beach High School Symphonic Band: Level V Silver 
Long Beach High School Mixed Chorus: Level III Silver
Long Beach High School Select Choir: Level V Silver 
Long Beach Middle School Seventh Grade Concert Band: Level II Silver  
Long Beach Middle School Seventh Grade Orchestra: Level II Silver
Long Beach Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra: Level III Silver
East School Chorus: Level I Silver
West School Chorus: Level I Silver
Lido School Treble Chorus: Level II Bronze

The Long Beach Public Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM foundation for eight 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.