By John Anderson
From the first note of last Thursday’s All Town Band Concert, the audience swelled with pride as their children played to the best of their ability, age and experience. This annual concert is a fine example of musical development in real time.
The Combined Bands of Julia Bancroft and Pakachoag Schools, a Grade Five ensemble, presented first under the guidance of Robert Lesley. Lesley is in his first year at the Auburn Public Schools, and the band played “Procession” by Handel and “Changes” by Lesley himself.
Next was the Auburn Middle School Grade Six Band led by Collin Meyers. They played “Iroquois Sunrise” by Rudgers and “Freedom Force” by Johnson. Meyers also directed the Grade Seven/Eight Band which performed “Hymn for Band” by Stuart and the “John Williams Trilogy” arranged by Moss. The Trilogy featured great brass sound and was an example of how music students develop in just a few years.
The Auburn High School Concert Band performed next under Virginia Bailey. They played “SunDance” by Ticheli followed by “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” arranged by Turner and directed by Senior Shaleigh Brooks. Brooks is a percussionist at Auburn High and is planning a career in music education.
Bailey conducted the final numbers, “God’s Country” by Galante and the fun song “Fantasy on Yankee Doodle” by Williams. The Grand Finale combined all the bands for “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Brown and featured a brass section up in the balcony for added effect.
Congratulations to all the students and teachers involved in this performance. It was wonderful!