The Auburn Middle and High Schools came together Thursday evening for “A Winter Band Concert” (and hopefully and “end of winter” concert!).
The show featured the Auburn High Jazz Band directed by Virginia Bailey, the Auburn High Concert Band, also directed by Ms Bailey, and the AMS 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands, each directed by Collin Myers.
Each ensemble performed three to four pieces. The performance was kicked off by the Auburn High Jazz Band playing a piece called 1.21 Gigawatts by Woolworth. The upbeat song was done justice by the Jazz Band’s powerful brass section and some smooth sax playing. Several solos on trumpet, sax, bass guitar and drums highlighted the four song set.
The AMS Grade Six Band took the stage and provided excellent renditions of Freedom’s Force, Iroquois Sunrise, and Stand by Me. Director Collin Meyers explained that they had tried to theme this year’s performance, with their focus being on “tributes.” Each of the pieces selected was intended to stand tribute to various groups or individuals.
Meyers went on to tell how the Middle School band students, in addition to learning music, learned about performance notes and that the students had written the performance notes for the show’s selections.
The AMS Grade Seven Band also chose a mix of familiar and lesser known arrangements. Salute to Beethoven was a medley of mostly well-known Beethoven compositions, while Green County Celebration featured lesser known, yet lively tunes.
The evening was punctuated by a moving piano solo by AHS student Matthew Bissaillon.
The AMS Grade Eight Band used a twist on the tribute theme in a nod to some of their own. A piece called Clarinets on the Run highlighted the numerous clarinets in this particular band. They also performed an arrangement of An American in Paris and a piece called Campbell River Sketches.
Wrapping up the evening, Ms. Bailey returned to the podium this time with the AHS Concert Band. They treated the audience to several exciting pieces, including Festivo by Vaclav Nehlybel and Redemption by Rossano Gallante.
Despite the cold outside, the music warmed the senses. The AMS and AHS students performed admirably and provided a truly entertaining performance.