By John Anderson
The All Town Band Concert has been an Auburn tradition for many years, and it brings together the Auburn Public Schools’ music students from grade five to grade eight. This year’s performances were held on Tuesday, April 5th, and dedicated to Fine Arts Director Charles Pietrello who will be retiring at the end of the school year.
With Pietrello’s retirement in sight, the grand finale was The Final Countdown, a 1986 rock hit by the Swedish band Europe. All the musicians took part in this production, and the strong percussion section kept it moving beautifully.
As the performing groups increased in age, the quality improved, but even the newest musicians played well. Robert Lesley directed the Swanson Road Intermediate School Band in four songs: The March, Chorale, Theme from the Nutcracker, and Carnival of Venice. Then the Auburn Middle School Drum Line performed, and the audience voted on their favorite cadence.
The AMS Grade Six Band played Shenandoah and The Tempest under the direction of Collin Meyers. He also led the Grade Seven/Eight Band in their performance of Sea Song Trilogy, Legend of Knife River, Spoon River, and Wade in the Water. There was an obvious aquatic flare to these selections.
Virginia Bailey directed the Auburn High School Concert Band in a series of three unusual songs that displayed the versatility and talents of this group. Monsters of Myth, Dinosaurs, and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas were all entertaining and used a variety of interesting instruments including reeds and water glasses. The slide show illustrates a lot of the fun.