High School Symphony Wins Big in Prague

Wind Symphony won gold medal at Prague festival.

The Wind Symphony won big last week while touring Europe during spring break.

Led by band director Jim Hile, the band won the Gold Medal in the Young Prague 2012 Festival in Prague.

According to Alicia Lieberman, who accompanied the students on the trip, the band was asked to attend the festival last summer. The event was first established in 2003 and "is known worldwide as the most popular venue for young people… who have an active interest in music and choir singer," Lieberman wrote in an email to Patch.

In addition to Prague, the symphony's 65 students and 10 chaperones also traveled to Venice, Italy, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Lasko, Vienna and Austria.

Lieberman attributes the band's success to Hile's "supreme dedication and support" as well as the group's "hard work, many early morning practices and extra evening rehearsals have been combined with cultural sessions to introduce students to the new languages they will experience, along with art, architecture and European history of the region."

As when he recently wrote about seeing the symphony perform at the : "These kids are amazing!"

The symphony is scheduled to perform back in Highland Park at 7 p.m. on May 3 at the high school's auditorium.

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William d Brown April 03, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Dr Hile is an amazing educator. Be it with the symphony, Marching with the 4th of July Band, at HS Sports event. HP is Lucky to have an educator of his caliber for our whole community. Hats off to The Doc.
Susan Merdinger April 03, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I concur with William Brown wholeheartedly. Dr. Hile is an inspiration to our students, and is a gifted musician, teacher and leader. The success of the HPHS Bands is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and passion he brings to his life's work as a music educator and performer.
Mary Jo Papich April 03, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Kudos to Dr. Hile and the band on representing our city and school abroad. Doc is one of a kind. His Dedication knows no boundaries. Mary Jo Papich HPHS FA chair, retired
Todd Grayson April 03, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Support your Gold Medal Band from Highland Park High School at its Spring Car Wash - Saturday, May 5th at the Aqua Park! This event helps make events such as the Prague trip possible.


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