Spring band concert to be held

Jude Nanaw, Co-Editor in Chief

On May 24, the auditorium will be filled with harmonies blended together seamlessly.

Crowds of people will fill the room with excitement and applause after each piece and staring at the musically talented students with amazement.

During the Spring Band Concert, there will be a variety of pieces performed.

This will include: “Concerto for Horn No.1” by Richard Strauss. In this piece, the wind ensemble will feature student soloist, junior Gabrielle Pho.

“We have been having a great year so far,” Band Director Joseph Witkowski said. “The groups have gotten a lot better this year and the concert band is the strongest it has been in my time here.”

After a lengthy year of performing at concerts and assessments, the band looks to piece it all together for their final performance.

The band as a whole has come a long way in progressing throughout the year.

Preparation for the spring concert has come mostly through rehearsal during band classes.
In addition to the preparation they have done during class, they also work after-school.

“I think that all of the bands are really prepared for our final concert thanks to our preparation and rehearsing during class,” junior Samuel Berhe said. “We have worked very hard and I feel like this concert will truly demonstrate the time that we have all put in.”

Also to be played by the wind ensemble are songs: “Danzon No. 2” by Arturo Marquez and “Semper Fidelis” by John Philip Sousa.

“My favorite part going into the concert is my trumpet solo in Danzon No. 2,” Berhe said.

The symphonic band will perform “On a hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David Holsinger.

“There is a lot of really strong composers and great music we will have at this concert,” Witkowski said.

With the days to the concert nearing, the band hopes to bring it all together to make it a success.

This being the final concert of the school year, it will reflect all that the band members have learned throughout the duration of the year.

“As we get to the end of the year we are always hoping to reach that last level of achievement,” Witkowski said. “So I have been pushing them with some harder literature and the students have really risen to the challenge.”