Three South Huron District High School bands have been invited to play at the national MusicFest in Ottawa in May. The senior band, wind ensemble and percussion ensemble qualified for the nationals with strong performances at the London MusicFest March 4. Music teacher Isaac Moore heads the new wind ensemble, which performed a challenging program and earned a silver award with an invitation to the nationals. Matthew Weston’s intermediate band performed later that morning, receiving a silver award. That afternoon, Moore’s senior band – one of the largest concert bands at the festival – performed well enough to earn a silver-plus rating, qualifying for the nationals as well. The last SHDHS group to perform was the percussion ensemble led by Moore and David Robilliard. An enthusiastic and curious audience appreciated the challenging program, which overwhelmed adjudicators to earn a gold award. The Black Jazz band is awaiting a snow date.