Band concert is Friday night at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 10:16 AM
The Spring Grove bands will perform a concert this coming Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the Spring Grove Gymnatorium.
The concert will begin with the fifth- and sixth-grade elementary band (41 members) playing two pieces.
First will be Squonk Blues, a quirky and spirited piece in the style of a blues waltz. Their second and final piece will be Diamond Ridge (Concert March) written by Anne McGinty, renowned female composer for concert band.
The Spring Grove Junior High Jazz Band (31 members, sixth-eighth grade) will play a laid-back original swing chart by Carl Strommen entitled Easy Rider.
Silvergate Overture by John Edmondson will be the first piece performed by the Junior High Band (32 members). Champions of Freedom, a march by Ken Harris, will follow this.
The students will finish their portion of the concert with The Forgotten Village by Michael Oare. It is a piece composed in 2016 depicting the history of Portsmouth Village – once a bustling sea hamlet located on North Carolina’s Outer Bank.
The Senior High Jazz Band (24 members) will play two charts. The first will be an easy swing ballad entitled Sweetie Pie. The second is Avenue Swing by Mike Collins Dowden, written in the style of jazz giants like Count Basie, Bennie Goodman and Glen Miller.
The SGHS Jazz Band will perform at the MSHSL Section 1A Solo/Ensemble Contest on Thursday, April 20, in Rushford.
The concert will conclude with the Spring Grove Senior High Band performing its 2017 MSHSL Section 1A Large Group Contest program.
Photo Finish! – a galop march, by James Swearingen will be their first selection. To Dream In Brushstrokes by Michael Oare is a sensitive and lyrical work that overflows with emotion as well as beauty; it was composed as a memorial in 2009. The concert will conclude with Prairie Songs by Pierre LaPlante.
The band’s Large Group Contest performance will be 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13, at Fillmore Central High School in Harmony.
Students will perform under the direction of Spring Grove Band director Willy Leafblad.