PANAMA - The Panama Central School District is continuing a long-standing tradition of musical excellence.
Recently, the Panama band and chorus competed in a regional competition in Boston. Both programs received superior ratings - scores of over 90 points - and the Panama band brought home another trophy to display in the school's halls.
"We're so proud of the kids for earning that superior rating," said Anne Dolce, band director. "Because we've never seen the majority of these schools before, and some of them are even private schools, we just don't know what kind of program they're bringing with them. You always want to go for that first place, but earning a superior rating is always the goal, because the score is based solely upon our own performance, regardless of the other schools. To come away with the first place prize is just icing on the cake."
The Panama Central School chorus and band explores a Dr. Seuss themed park during a successful trip to Boston.
According to Dolce, the superior rating is especially impressive because Panama was the first school to compete on the morning of the competition. The competition began at 8:30, which meant that many of the chorus students were awake at 5:30 in order to warm up their voices. However, performing that early in the morning is still very challenging, she said.