Orchestra wins first place at festival

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The sixth-grade Silver Strings Orchestra at Bennett’s Mill Middle dominated the Music in the Parks Festival at Six Flags Over Georgia, taking home the top prize in their division.

The orchestra earned straight superior ratings, receiving the first place trophy in the middle school division. Kevin Anderson directs the Silver Strings Orchestra.

Music in the Parks takes place over a series of Saturdays in April and May at the Axis Arena within in the Gotham City section of Six Flags Over Georgia. Bennett’s Mill competed April 16.

The music festival is open to elementary, middle and high school instrumental and choral groups. The mission of the festival is to bring together students and adjudicators in a positive learning environment that will inspire students to strive not only for excellence, but also to make music a lifelong activity.