Middle School band students proved hard work pays off during their evening performance in Monday’s Winter Wonder Band Concert.
The show opened with the Honour Band taking to the stage and performing a soft melody entitled “Nimrod.” By the second act the band was hitting all the right notes with a rendition of “Red Balloon,” a song depicting the sound of a balloon drifting into the sky.
The “Vox” Vocal Jazz group warmed the hearts of the audience by singing a lesser-known Billy Joel song entitled “So it Goes.” The act was followed by all-female vocals singing Smokey Robinson’s classic song “My Guy.” Wearing sunglasses and fedoras, Killian Widdis, Alexander Simson and Kevin Holmes showed off their stellar dance moves and really worked the crowd.
Band 7 performed the strongest piece of the night, an Irish tune called “Celtic Air and Dance.” The Brass ensemble then surprised the audience by appearing from all corners of the gym playing the “Mission Impossible” theme song.
With three stages, the transitions were smooth between acts. The comedic antics between hosts Mitch Cram and Mr. Williams were hysterically funny and kept the show flowing as each ensemble organized themselves on stage.
The beginners’ band played a short piece called “Time for Band” before accompanying Middle School Director Mr. Xavier Abrioux in his triangle debut. In a comical performance, Mr. Abrioux attempted to entertain the audience with his “polished” technique, but he was so busy buffing his instrument that he missed his cue.
The jazz band played a Latin surf song featuring soloists Charlie Gannon on the saxophone, Chris Fenje on the guitar and Christina Chwyl on the drums. Band Director Ms. Pamela Gerrits played the ocean drum, an instrument purchased specifically for the piece. The song was rhythmic and reminiscent of waves at the beach.
Band 8 finished the show with two songs, “Air for Band” and “Ashland Park,” which Ms. Gerrits described as some of the most challenging music pieces available for Middle School students.
In all, the evening showcased just how dedicated the students have to be in order to learn their instruments. They have been practicing at early-morning and lunch-time rehearsals since September.