The St. John ‘s Music Department presented its Spring Band and Strings Concert this evening. The performances were spread over three hours to minimize audience size in the Frana Auditorium.
The first concert began at 6:00 pm, and featured the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensemble. The Symphonic Band played three pieces: “Conquista,” a Spanish march, a band arrangement of Edward Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” and “The Regal Lion,” the fourth movement from Christopher Tucker’s “Animal Crackers.” The Concert Band played two songs: “Parade of the Soldiers” and “The Gladiators.” The Percussion Ensemble, a trio of freshman musicians (with a little help from Mr. Hammann), performed “Street Parade,” Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” and “Daring Dives.”
At 7:00 pm, the String and Orchestra concert began. The Beginning Strings played three movements from “Curtain Up!” and “’D’ Jam Blues.” The Second Period String Ensemble performed “Falconer” and “Legends of Glory.” The Third Period String Ensemble performed “American Sketches,” and “Sleeping City.” The Strings program ended with the Orchestra, a group that combines string and wind musicians, played “Egmont,” and “Espana Cani.”
The third part of the evening’s concert began at 8:00 pm and featured the Wind Ensemble. Their performance began with “Freedom Quest,” and continued with “Tahiti Trot,” a Shostakovich composition which many people associate with “Tea for Two,”and an arrangement of Johann Strauss’ “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka (Chit Chat Polka).” The Ensemble then played “Atlantis: The Lost Continent” and “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us!” which featured four senior soloists: Blaise Ryan on alto sax, Jaden Michel on trumpet, Jan Haro on trombone, and Cole Serenyi on bass clarinet. As an encore the Wind Ensemble played “The Irish Washerwoman.” This was done in a virtual play along fashion, with the students playing along with a recording. This allowed the audience to see how the bands have held rehearsal over the course of the academic year with virtual and hybrid learning models.
Special thanks to Mr. Hammann, Director of Bands, and Ms. Higgins, Director of Strings. Their dedicated work throughout the school year helped the students develop musically, and made tonight’s concert a success.
Visit our YouTube page for video highlights of tonight’s concert.