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RHS Music Department Wins Big at Virginia Competition

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Roxbury High School Music Department Wins Big at Virginia Competition

ROXBURY, NJ (May 3, 2022) – Six choirs, three bands, and an orchestra from Roxbury High School traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia last weekend to compete in the World Strides’ Heritage Festival. The competing choirs were Roxbury Glee Club, Melodies, Vocal Jazz, Revelation, Classic Sounds Honors, and the Festival Choir under the direction of Patrick Hachey, R. Daniel Salyerds, and Krista Sweer. The competing bands were the Honors Wind Symphony, Roxbury Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Sarah Bednarcik, Jeff Conrad, and Ryan Sweer. The Roxbury Orchestra competed under the direction of James Goodwin.

The groups earned nine gold (superior) ratings and one silver (excellent) rating, six first places, two second places, and two third places, four Adjudicator Awards, the Choir Sweepstakes Award given to the highest combined total of two choirs from one school, Best Overall Band Award for Honors Wind Symphony, Best Overall Choir Award for Classic Sounds Honors, and the Festival Sweepstakes Award for best overall program given to the Roxbury High School.

Six Roxbury students also won individual achievement awards. Members gaining these honors were Senior Sarah Wilson, Juniors Andrew Darling, Emma Milsom, and Joe Sabando, and Sophomore Olivia Hachey.

Congratulations to all of the students and their directors on these fantastic achievements!

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury High School)


For more information, contact: Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699.


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