Rockford bands excel once again

March 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Public Schools band program once again proved its prowess by receiving top scores at recent district festivals. The three instrumental ensembles of Rockford High School (RHS)—Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble—participated in the Michigan Schools Band and Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) Band Festival for District 10 at Lowell High School on Friday, Feb. 26. They all received Division I/Superior ratings across the board, the highest achievement possible. The RHS bands are directed by Brian Phillips. East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) and North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) participated in the MSBOA festival at Grandville High School on March 4 and they also excelled. Both ERMS bands, directed by Rebecca Kilgore-Longtin, received Division I ratings. The NRMS Symphonic Band, led by Cullen McCarthy, received a Division I rating for the ninth consecutive year, while the NRMS Concert Band received a very respectable II. The bands all performed three pieces for adjudication, and scores are computed using a formula combining judges’ ratings. “The students worked very hard in representing their community and schools, and the band directors are all extremely proud of their efforts,” said McCarthy. For more information on the Rockford band programs visit

RHS student accepted at world-renowned music conservatory

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

Success is no stranger to Rockford High School senior George Goad, as indicated by his recent full-scholarship acceptance into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. George is first chair trumpet in Rockford High School’s wind ensemble as well as first chair trumpet in the MSBOA All-State Orchestra. In addition to his musical talents, George carries a 4.1 GPA and is a four-year varsity athlete. The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world’s leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 162 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. A Curtis education is uniquely tailored to the individual student, with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and unusually frequent performance opportunities. This distinctive “learn by doing” approach to musical training has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, and Lang Lang.