BRIDGEWATER, NJ - All of the audition music ensembles at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School performed at the Music in the Parks Festival at Dorney Park June 5, and took home a number of prestigious awards.

The students performed for two judges and received scores based on musicality, technique, rhythm, tone quality and intonation.

The wind ensemble earned 95.30 points for the Overall Concert Band Award; the jazz ensemble earned 94.00 points for the Overall Jazz Band Award; the studio orchestra earned 97.30 points; and the select women’s choir earned 95.50 points for the Overall Choir Award.

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In addition, tenor sax player eighth-grader Varun Reddy earned the overall jazz soloist award.

Music directors David Eck, Meral Pontier, Joe Simon and Ashlen Udell, as well as music teachers Rick Petrosky and Kim Williams and parent chaperones helped make the experience a positive one for all the students.

According to Udell, the students had a great time performing and listening to the other high school and middle school ensembles during the festival.

“This festival allowed students to experience a pressure and release type moment,” she said. “The build up, excitement and nerves that occur when performing for adjudicators and other schools is new for middle school students.”

Then, after enjoying an afternoon in the park, Udell said, the awards ceremony allowed them to share in a moment of recognition.

“It was a beautiful day and all of the students should be proud of their accomplishments,” she said.