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June 17, 2011 - 4:22pm

Gorham error results in third place

posted by Gretel Kauffman in elba, Elba Central School, elba jazz ensemble, gorham.

Due to a tabulation error made by the Gorham Pageant of Bands officials, the first-place status of the Elba Jazz Ensemble has been changed to third-place.  The results of the Class C jazz ensemble competition were announced incorrectly at the June 4th awards ceremony, and the error was not realized until a week ago.  In a recent conversation with Elba band director Phil Briatico, the Gorham Pageant of Bands officials apologized profusely and noted the improvement in the ensemble since last year. 

Despite the final results, Briatico is still proud of the jazz ensemble, and says that he "did believe we were first place because the band's performance was first-place worthy."

Billie Owens
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I think this is totally lame. The officials should be ashamed of themselves and make darn sure they correct whatever went wrong, so it doesn't happen again.
Howard B. Owens
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The Gorham officials should have awarded TWO first place awards once the error was found, rather than moving Elba to third. Once you give a first place award, you can't take it back. I can see wanting to ensure the team that would have gotten first, if not for the error, gets properly recognized, but you just don't take back a first place award. Lame.

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