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The sound of success: Bloomfield musicians take top honors

They have come close in recent years, winning Best in Class eight of the last nine, but this year, Bloomfield Central School music ensembles brought home the coveted Albert E. Whitney Overall Achievement Award.

“The Whitney is the highest honor that an individual band can receive at the Sherburne Pageant of Bands,” said Christian Culbertson, a member of Bloomfield Parents for Music. “The Whitney is awarded to the band that has achieved the highest cumulative points over all bands competing at the pageant. We were No. 1 over a total of 38 bands.”

He said Bloomfield has brought home many Best in Class Awards in Class A, including this year, but that the Whitney has been elusive until last weekend at the 69th pageant in Sherburne, Chenango County, billed as one of the oldest and largest pageants in the state.

The Whitney award is named for a man who co-founded the pageant in 1949.

“We have an awesome music department and kids that, when given a challenge, will rise to the occasion,” Culbertson said. “They outdid themselves and they should be very proud of their accomplishments.”

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