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Band, orchestra perform in spring concert

by MELODY YU

Band and orchestra members will present their annual Spring Concert May 27 at 6 p.m.  in the auditorium.

Symphonic band, intermediate band and orchestra will showcase several pieces, in addition to a collaboration piece with Eastmont Intermediate School.

Symphonic band will play a total of five pieces: “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson, “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David R. Holsinger, “Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holtz, “Sun Dance” by Frank Ticheli, and “October” by Eric Whitacre.

“I feel that we practiced enough and put enough work into the songs to do well on stage,” said Alejandra Garibay, French horn section leader. “Although some parts were difficult, all the members put in extra time to learn their notes.”

Additionally, orchestra members will be accompanied by several band members for each of their four pieces: “Pavane” by Gabriel Faure,  “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss, “Allegro” by Antonio Vivaldi and “ ‘Star Wars’ Main Theme” by John Williams.   

It’s very exciting because this year we will play more music than we have ever played for full orchestra,” said Dr. Anne Rardin, orchestra instructor.

Intermediate band, composed entirely of freshmen, will perform “Korean Folk Song Medley” by James Ployhar and “Joy” by Frank Ticheli, both of which will be conducted by Jared Long, orchestra teaching assistant.

“This concert is a great opportunity for the freshmen to showcase all the musical skills they have learned from their first year of high school,” said Long. “I hope that their performance will inspire the middle school band members to join the Schurr band when they enter high school.”

Band members will also perform “The Great Locomotive Chase” by Robert W. Smith, in collaboration with Eastmont Intermediate School’s band.

Admission will be free and all guests are welcome to attend.

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