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Sanford High School Winter Guard

Winter Guard rehearsal at Sanford High School

Photo: Sanford School Department

Compiled by Carolyn Cadigan

And the gold goes to Sanford: The Sanford High School Winter Guard took first place at the New England Scholastic Band Association competition at Dover High School (Dover, NH) on March 10. This year’s show, “Car Wash,” was designed by coaches Drew Halpin Desmarais, Eric Desmarais, Anna Yuhas and Claire Anderson. The group is comprised of students from four area schools — Kennebunk, Massabesic, Noble and Sanford. Accompanied by music, winter guard performances incorporate choreography, dance and the manipulation of equipment such as flags, sabers and rifles. FMI on the winning performance, go to

Those medaling kids: Earlier this month, Sanford High School’s Jazz Band took home medals at the Maine Music Educators’ Association High School Instrumental State Jazz Festival held at Lake Region High School in Naples. Sanford’s school jazz ensemble received a silver medal while its after-school jazz ensemble and combo collected bronze medals. Several students also received the highest rating for improvisation solos. Those students include Hannah Paterson, Quang Lam, Tim McGee, Gabe Saucier, Keaghan Gagnon, Mikayla Adair, Austin Glidden, Lydia Treadwell and Joey Blanchette.

Sanford Music Boosters seeking volunteers at Finals: The Maine Band Directors’ Association Winter Percussion and Winter Guard Finals competition will take place at Sanford High School on April 7 at 1 pm. The Sanford Music Boosters are looking for volunteers and food donations for this event. Anyone able to donate food or volunteer on the event day, email

Vacation camp helps kids sharpen their basketball skills: April Vacation Basketball Camp will be held at the Nasson Community Center Gym from April 15 through April 19. Coach Abi will be leading the camp, designed to help players develop skills through drills, games and play. Grades 3 to 6 will meet 8 am to 10 am, followed by grades 7 to 9 from 10 am to noon. The cost is $85 for the week or $25 daily for drop-ins. FMI and to register, email

Sanford school happenings: For more news from the Sanford school district, read the latest edition of the “Sanford Spotlight” newsletter.

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