Feb 19, 2016 2:03 PM by Debbie Cobb
A standing room only crowd at Thursday night's Honor Band performance. Music is making a big come back in Chico schools, as hundreds attended the 2nd Annual 6th Grade Select Honor Band and the First Jr. High School Honor Band performance at the Performing Arts Center at Pleasant Valley High School.
The top music students were selected to perform from all the 6th, 7th and 8th grade music classes in the Chico Unified School District. 55 Junior High students started arriving at Pleasant Valley High School at 8am Thursday to practice together for the first time for Thursday night's performance. The 117 6th graders arrived at noon. All the students have been practicing at their respective schools for about two months.
Tanner Johns, Ryan Heimlich, Todd Filpula and Kim Gimbal teach music at the Elementary and Junior High Schools and directed the performance, along with Susan Delgardo. Delgardo has been teaching music in Chico for 35 years.
The concert marked the first honor band performance by elementary and middle school students combined, in more than a decade. Sixth graders had an honor band performance last year. And, this was the first year for Marsh Jr. High to have a band class on campus. Next year band will be expanded at Marsh Jr. High. Delgardo told parents and students Thursday night, music in school is a great place for students to connect. She also commented on how the students were polite and dedicated to music and encouraged them to follow their dreams and pursue music in high school and beyond. John's, the band teacher for Marsh Jr. High, also thanked the District for its support of the music program.