Over 300 Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) students from eight schools across the board will take the stage this week at the first Trillium Lakelands Music Festival.
The three day event, which is taking place at Fairview Baptist Church and the Academy Theatre in Lindsay, will see both elementary and secondary students perform various musical sets ranging from concert band, jazz, and choir.
These young musicians have been practicing since September, preparing for this moment.
“Performing was fun because we got to do it in front of the adjudicator and the other schools were watching us,” said an excited Olivia, a Rolling Hills Public School concert band member.
Sheri Brenneman, the music teacher at I.E. Weldon Secondary School, helped make Trillium Lakelands Music Festival a reality.
“In the past we’ve all travelled to places like Peterborough or Sunderland, but this is the first time that we’ve ever had a festival like this in our board,” she said. “The really cool thing is that we are able to see some elementary schools performing at the same time as our secondary schools. You’re able to see the full spectrum of music from starting out on an instrument, right through to where you might be in Grade 11 or 12.”
Once the students finish their performances, they headed off to a workshop with one of the adjudicators to receive constructive feedback.
Savannah, an I.E. Weldon Secondary School student, performer, and one of the festival’s emcees says the workshops, “allow the adjudicators to give some tips and ways these groups can improve.”
On Wednesday, students will take to the Academy Theatre stage putting the feedback they acquired over the last two days into use. Brenneman says the idea of the Trillium Lakelands Music Festival was to have a performance at the end where students would “get to stand on the stage of an amazing theatre and perform for an audience, and to experience that moment where they’re a professional musician and performing for other people.”
And as for having this experience all over again, Rolling Hills’ students Cameron, Heather, and Olivia collectively say they would definitely want to do it next year because “it’s really fun and it’s a good time.”