Spring melodies

Jazz band, chorus, concert band students come together for spring concert


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Ms. Emily Rickard’s band students sit on stage during their spring concert on May 4. The flutes rest while the saxophones play along to the melody.

As spring is in the air, so are people’s spirits. On Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., Ms. Jennifer Newman’s chorus students performed their spring concert, along with Ms. Emily Rickard’s jazz and concert band. 

Starting out with the jazz band, they played tunes such as “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima and “What a Wonderful World” by Weiss and Thiele. The jazz band wrapped up their performance with a more well-known song, “Take on Me” by John Berry.

Next up, chorus students took the stage. They kicked it off with Russell Robinson’s arrangement of “Old Joe Clark.” Next, some of the students sang to some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s choral favorites. Soloists featured during these melodies were juniors Alexander Probst and Haylie Couch and senior Jacob Smith. The students then sang a very popular song from the musical “The Greatest Showman.” The soloists that sang along to “A Million Dreams” were Probst, junior Haylee Johns and freshman Hope Bergman. Coming back together, the next song was “Didn’t My Lord” arranged by Roger Emerson. They finished up with “Blue Skies” featuring Smith as a soloist. 

Completing the show was Rickard’s concert band. The band played “Mars” from “The Planets” arranged by Balent. They then moved on to “Second Suite in F” arranged by Gustav Holst, featuring many soloists throughout the band and made up of three movements. This suite consisted of “March,” “Song Without Words” and “Fantasia” on the “Dargason.”  The next song featured some of the fourth grade recorder students from the elementary school, who played along with the rest of the band to “The Mandalorian” arranged by Murtha. The band closed their performance with another suite called “Open Space.” The songs from this suite were “Launch,” “Floating, yet Falling” and “Spacewalk.” 

“I like the friendships that I have made in the concert band and getting to know all the wonderful upperclassmen,” sophomore Josephine Brenckle said. 

Among the two bands and the chorus, there are 10 seniors. Eric Hunter is a part of the reed section for jazz band. Gavin Jones is a part of the brass section for jazz band, and the tuba for concert band. Braeden Geibel is a part of the rhythm section for jazz band, and plays the alto saxophone for the concert band. Geibel was awarded the Tom Taverna Memorial Band Scholarship for seniors at the spring concert. Allison Mueller plays the flute for the concert band, along with another tuba player Riggs Walden. Emily Young plays the clarinet for the concert band, and Faith Tooch plays the bass clarinet. Smith is a baritone for chorus, and a part of the percussion section. Tae’Von Epperson is also another percussion member, too. Joseph Hartle plays the trumpet for a concert band. 

Coming together as one, the jazz band, chorus and concert band put on another spring performance for family, friends and other community members. This gives students a chance to showcase the skills that they practice hard to perfect throughout the school year.