On April 8, Don Bosco Technical Institute’s Symphonic Band earned top honors during the WorldStrides Heritage Performance Music Festival in Washington state, where they earned a gold rating and first place ranking.

Competing against 13 high school bands, an orchestra and choirs from across the U.S., band member and school senior Elias Hosseini received special recognition with the Ovation Award, which recognizes one student at each festival who best represents a spirit of determination, inspiration and service to others.  

The band also received the Outstanding Instrumental Ensemble Award for the highest total score in the instrumental music category.

“The Symphonic Band worked extremely hard and spent a great deal of time rehearsing and this award is just a reflection of what our students do 90 percent of the time,” said Daniel Almanza, music program director at Don Bosco Tech in Rosemead. “Their dedication was evident to the festival judges who awarded them highest honors. We’re extremely proud of each of these young men.”

To find out more about Don Bosco Tech’s music program, please visit dbtimusic.org.