By Barb McKay
The music festival, held April 21 in Walkerton, features school choirs, bands and individual performances and community concert bands from throughout the region.
The Ripley school junior choir, made up grades 4 and 5 students, took home gold. The primary choir of students in grades 1, 2 and 3 and the school band with students in grades 6, 7 and 8 earned silvers for their performances.
The school’s participation in the music festival is unique in that the band and choirs are made up of all the students in the classes. It’s a move the school made a few years back, which allows the students to practice during class time.
“We are such a small school so the kids are in everything,” said music teacher Janet Browne. “I’m very, very proud of them. The skills they use in music ensembles can be use in whatever they do in their lives. Music is one of the only things that uses every part of your brain.”