DENVER – The Guernsey-Sunrise 7-12 Viking choir performed “Good News,” “Shoshone Love Song,” and “Found/Tonight” at the FunMe music festival in Elitch Gardens in Denver April 30.
The festival is a medal honors festival. Bronze, Silver and Gold medals are awarded to the music groups with an outstanding directors award given to the director of the Gold medal ensembles.
“We were the third group of the day,” said Guernsey-Sunrise choir director Matt Hebbert. “The first two groups earned silver medals. I am pleased and proud to say our choir was awarded the Gold medal with top honors.”
Hebbert received an email from the site coordinator who congratulated the kids on their performance but more importantly on their excellent behavior and attitude. Hebbert was also awarded an outstanding director award.
“Truth is I couldn’t have asked for a better day,” Hebbert said. “I think it’s important to point out that these opportunities happen only when the school administration gets behind the kids and the program. We are blessed to have Mrs. Sisson and Mr. Beard. I’ve taught in other districts where music takes a back seat to other programs, this is not the case here in Guernsey, we stand on equal ground. We were driven to Denver by the safe and steady hands of Jon Malcom, I am one lucky man, I never have to go to work I simply go do what I love.”