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BR Xpression strikes gold chord at music festival

If the BR Xpression wins one more gold, it might have to seriously consider changing its school colours from green and white to green and gold.

Coming back from the Heritage Music Festival in Boston, the Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School vocal ensemble picked up its 8th gold since competing for the past 10 years.

A perfect finish after celebrating its 20th anniversary this year since its creation in 1999 by Department Head Arts David Tabone.

Today, it is the biggest co-curricular group across the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District Board, often reaching close to 300 members.

Joining them was the Celtic Fusion who returned home with a bronze medal. The jazz funk band was under the direction of Teacher Chad Pilon, an original soloist with the BR Xpression 20 years ago, said Tabone.

“Both groups just finished performing a total of 13 sold out gala concerts two weeks prior at the BR Performing Arts Centre,” added Tabone.

Funds from the concerts are used to help cover the cost of the trip down, which this year included 212 BR music students.

In addition to the two group finishes, four Maestro Awards were presented to BR Xpression members Matt Sadler, Elle Delizo, Halle Williams and Ben Xamin for outstanding soloists at the festival.

Coming up, the BR Xpression will be featured once again with the National Academy Orchestra and Boris Brott in November where they will be performing Bohemian Rhapsody at First Ontario Center and will also be a headline entertainer at the Ontario Music Educators Conference in Toronto next year.

BR Xpression strikes gold chord at music festival
BR Xpression strikes gold chord at music festival