A Sweet Victory for Division Avenue High School
The Division Avenue High School music department recently traveled to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania where they shared their musical talents at theMusic in the Parks Festival. The school's symphonic band, string orchestra, mixed choir and chamber choir represented Division Avenue and Levittown with a high standard of music performance. The school competed against eight school districts and more than 1000 student participants.
The chamber choir, under the direction of Alison Sellars, received first place with a rating of Superior, while the mixed choir earned second place with a rating of Excellent. The string orchestra, under the baton of Mark Martufi, scored second place with a rating of Excellent, and the symphonic band, under the direction of Michael Bastone, received first place with a rating of Superior. In addition, the symphonic band took home the prestigious award of Best Overall Concert Band.
"It was a proud moment to hear that my band performed so well, but what I am most proud of is the culmination of all of our performing groups coming together to represent the Division Avenue music department and Levittown Schools in the most positive way through music," said Bastone. "The music department's success is due to the hard work and dedication not only of the students, but also the teachers and my colleagues, Mrs. Alison Sellars and Mr. Mark Martufi. I am lucky to work with such passionate and talented educators and musicians."