Musical units from three Fairfax County high schools have returned from the Festival of Music in Montreal where they won top prizes in competition with dozens of other entrants.
The symphonic band from Fort Hunt High School in the Mount Vernon area won first place in the the AAA concert band category with the highest score ever recorded in the annual festivals, 242 points out of a possible 250, according to Nancy Gray, president of the Band Parents.
Fort Hunt also won the overall award for concert bands, first place for sight-reading competition (in which the band is given a score and promptly must play the number) and first place for its flag corps. The band director is George A. Etheridge.
South Lakes High School at Reston, directed by Janet Lunsford, won three choral awards: the first place superior trophies for the concert choir and for swing singing and for overall points in choral singing. In addition, James Davis won an individual award for the top vocalist on stage within a show and Leslie Lawrence won an award of merit as a solo performer.
A wind ensemble from Lake Braddock High School at Burke, directed by Carl Bly, won first place and a jazz band won second place.