The Marianas High School Glee Club was able to perform for over 1,900 students in Guam following their Tumon Bay Music Festival performance last month.
In an interview with Harold Easton, MHS Glee Club director, he said the MHS Glee Club performed before 1,900 students from elementary and middle schools in Guam after the music festival, which was held on Feb. 27 to March 7.
At the festival itself, the MHS students received the “greatest compliment” from the event’s organizer, Easton said. He said TBMF artistic director Joanne Matanane recognized the MHS Glee Club for raising the bar in the annual competition.
“We’ve become the team to beat. She is basically saying that our being there has made the choral presentations better all the way. We are thankful for that recognition,” he said.
MHS Glee Club won the Sweepstakes Award at the year’s Tumon Bay Music Festival in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. This year, the glee club won gold at the festival. The MHS Glee Club won gold in the choir category and also received the Command Performance award for Bands and Orchestra.
Bonnie Gio Sagana, an MHS Glee Club member, won the gold in the small and solo ensembles category, and was selected as one of the command performance singers.
Winning their first TBMF gold was Hopwood Middle School’s HDMP “T-Woah” in the Jazz, Rock and Beyond category.
HDMP “T-Woah” director and Hopwood teacher Felix Rabauliman said it was the group’s third time to participate in the competition.
He said it was also their first time to be included among the command performance groups. However, he said, they were not able to perform at Micronesia Mall because of scheduling issues.
Saipan Community School’s Ukulele Band took home silver during the music festival.
MD: Marianas High School Glee Club was able to perform for over 1,900 students on Guam following their Tumon Bay Music Festival performance last month.
Keywords: Tumon Bay Music Festival, MHS Glee Club.