Murphy band takes first in Music in the Parks

Martin Murphy Middle School clarinetist Helen Pak and her bandmates (seen here in a previous performance) took first place at the May 3 Music in the Parks Festival in Anaheim. Also pictured are Emma Ghione, Kennedy Nguyen, and Priya Galsinh.

Martin Murphy Middle School’s Advanced Band bested the field at the May 3 Music in the Parks Festival in Anaheim, taking first place overall and within their division.

Thirty-five seventh and eighth grade student musicians participated in the competition. It was the first victory at the Music in the Parks for a Murphy band, which is directed by Greg Chambers.

“As an educator, it is so rewarding to see students get recognized for their hard work, perseverance, and commitment to excellence,” Chambers said. “I’m so proud of what these students have been able to accomplish this year and hope that these experiences inspire them to continue in music.”

Murphy was chosen as the best performer among the five competing middle school bands.

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