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Blue and Silver bands perform concert at school

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, the band performed their last concert before the semester break, playing a total of eight songs

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Blue and Silver bands perform concert at school

Band director Debra Steiner conducts the band as they perform for the crowd.

Band director Debra Steiner conducts the band as they perform for the crowd.

By Sophia Armendariz

Band director Debra Steiner conducts the band as they perform for the crowd.

By Sophia Armendariz

By Sophia Armendariz

Band director Debra Steiner conducts the band as they perform for the crowd.

Ben Wieland, JagWire Opinions Editor

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The band performed a concert on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the school.  The performance, which featured the songs “Accolade” by William Himes, “American Riversong Suite” by Pierre la Plante, “Whispers from the Heart” by Yuji Nomi, “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes, “As Eagles Soar” by James Swearington, “Soaring!” by Erik Morales, “Celebrate the Season” by Matt Conaway and The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa.

Sophomore baritone player Colin Cahoy thought the band was well prepared for their performance.

“Most of us were confident that we would do well,” Cahoy said. “We worked on the songs for a while.”

The band arrived thirty minutes before their 7:30 p.m. performance to tune their instruments and warm-up. The show began with the Silver Band, composed of mostly freshmen, playing their pieces. Then, the Blue Band performed their set of songs.

Sophomore saxophonist John Fraka was pleased by the performance of his section.

“[My section] played pretty well. I thought we had some mistakes, but nothing too noticeable,” Fraka said. “We had spent over a month with the music preparing for the concert.”

The concert was the full band’s final performance of the semester. However, smaller subsections of the band will continue to play. Some brass players will compete at Tuba Christmas, a festival featuring tuba and euphonium players, on Friday, Dec. 7. The pep band will also begin playing at the school’s home basketball games.

Next semester, the band will split up into concert and symphonic band. Symphonic band will begin to play more advanced compositions. Cahoy is excited for the opportunity to play with the symphonic band for the first time.

“I’m looking forward to being in symphonic band,” Cahoy said. “It’ll be exciting to learn new and more difficult pieces of music.”

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