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CCHS Terrier Music takes top nods in state -- again

  • Adelaide Garvey is a freshman clarinetist who earned a Best of Day award for her solo at IHSA solo and ensemble. Principal Ryan Thomas is presenting the trophy.

    Adelaide Garvey is a freshman clarinetist who earned a Best of Day award for her solo at IHSA solo and ensemble. Principal Ryan Thomas is presenting the trophy.
    Courtesy of Gregory Townsend

  • Courtesy of Gregory TownsendPictured with the trophy are CCHS faculty members (from left to right) fine arts department Chair Erik Berrey, Principal Ryan Thomas, choir director Rebecca Browning and director of instrumental music Gregory Townsend.

    Courtesy of Gregory TownsendPictured with the trophy are CCHS faculty members (from left to right) fine arts department Chair Erik Berrey, Principal Ryan Thomas, choir director Rebecca Browning and director of instrumental music Gregory Townsend.

  • Courtesy of Gregory TownsendCCHS Terrier musicians pose with the trophy.

    Courtesy of Gregory TownsendCCHS Terrier musicians pose with the trophy.

 
Submitted by Gregory Townsend
Director of Instrumental Music
updated: 6/7/2019 12:31 PM

Carbondale Terrier Music recently earned second place among all IHSA Class A schools, which include all Illinois public and private schools of 630 to 1,361 students.

This level of success is far from new, as CCHS Terriers have placed in the top three across the state for a school record of nine consecutive years (the second-longest current streak in the state, behind only Ottawa Township). This ranking is earned through performances during the spring semester, which include the state solo and ensemble competition, as well as performances at the IHSA Organization Festival.

The music program has earned the coveted championship only four times in the history of the school.

These were in 1954, twice in a row in 1981 and 1982, and most recently in 2014.