Band and orchestra perform in winter concert



  After performing in the Winter Concert, Band is preparing to march at Disneyland’s California Adventure tomorrow.

Symphonic band, orchestra and jazz band performed in the annual Winter Concert at the Montebello High School auditorium Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

“It was my first time performing in the Winter Concert. I wasn’t nervous, but band gets really hectic, so I’ll be better prepared next time,” said Elizabeth Trenado, freshman who plays the jingle bells.

Orchestra members showcased “Rondeau” by Jean-Joseph Mouret and “Dance of the Tumblers” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Jared Long, alumnus, conducted the orchestra since Dr. Anne Rardin, orchestra director was unable to attend the performance.

Orchestra member Jaylene Rodriguez, a junior, said, “This has been my favorite concert because I was able to sit on the edge, and showcase the skills I have learned.”

Symphonic band played “Huapango-2015 Field Show” by Jose Pablo Moncayo, medley titled “Santa’s Cycle” made up of “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Deck the Halls” and “Joy to the World,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” by Hugh Martin and “The Klaxon” by Henry Fillmore.

“I hope that we impressed the crowd and our practice is noticeable in the performance,” said Carlos Garcia, sophomore saxophonist.

Jazz band performed “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser, “Deck the Halls,” “Let It Snow” by Jule Styne and Sammy Chan and “Winter Wonderland” by Felix Bernard.

Jazz band students collaborated with musicians from other schools to perform “Witner Wonderland.”

“Everything ran smoothly and all of the kids were working together to pull it off,” said Long. “When I’m really nervous I tend to lose my place in the music and luckily that didn’t happen.”

Antonio Castro, band director of Schurr, and Shaun Kuri, band director of Montebello, began the Winter Concert with bands from Montebello, Bell Gardens and Schurr High Schools.

“The concert made me feel obligated to try my best and impress my parents,” said, Justin Hernandez, senior orchestra member. “We aren’t ranked or given a score, so it made me feel more confident. I can perform at a more comfortable level.”

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