Jeff LaBonte

The 6th Grade, Middle School (7-8 grades), and AHS concert bands performed their annual fall band concert last Thursday evening to a full house at Auburn High School.

The evening opened with Mr. Collin Myers directing the Grade Six Band. They performed “Procession from “Water Music” and “Jolly Old St. Nick.”  For a good many of the Grade Six Band performers, this was their first time performing as an ensemble in front of a live audience, and they handled the situation perfectly well.

The Auburn High Percussion Ensemble followed the Grade Six Band, making a grand entrance from the main doorway to the auditorium, down the aisles, and onto the stage. Their two selections – “Sherlock” and “Synco la Groovo” were fun, rousing pieces that really got the audience into it.

Mr. Myers returned, this time conducting the 7th and 8th grade ensemble. They started with “Two Celtic Folksongs”, a clip of which you can watch below.

 

 

They followed with “Slane” by Wagner, before dimming the lights, turning on the spots, and jamming out to an arrangement titled “Meet the Beatles,” a medley of the famous group’s hits.

The evening wrapped up with the Auburn High Concert Band conducted by Ms Virginia Bailey. They started with “Shine” by Markowski, followed by “Ave Maria.” But the real high light was their tackling a piece called “Shimmer” by Aaron Perrine. Special guest conductor, Dr. Steven Ridley from The College of the Holy Cross led the concert band on this piece.  Known as a difficult, college-level piece, the AHS band handled “Shimmer” admirably.

Finally, the evening concluded with the “Midway March” by the ever-popular John Williams.  This is one of those pieces where you wouldn’t know the title, but you know it when you hear it.  Again, not an easy piece, but it was pretty obvious that the band and director had a lot of fun with this one, as they played with tremendous vigor.

Overall, a terrific evening of music by a great group of young musicians.

 

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