Fall Music Concert (Re)sounding Success

Amber Brown, News Reporter

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Music filled the theater this week during the annual Fall Band & Orchestra Concert.

The event, which highlighted the talents of students in the music program at Weston Ranch High School, started with a showcase on younger musicians.

The next musical showcase is scheduled for December 14.

The Weston Ranch Junior High Band played “Ayre & Dance” played by Bruce Pearson, “Aztec Sunrise” by John Edmonson, and Sandy Bay March by Brian West. It was like listening to a medley where the selections blended together into one large, loud song. I would be interested in hearing how they progress throughout the year.

Next onto the stage was the Weston Ranch String Orchestra. The orchestra played “Fiddling A-Round” by John Caponegro, “Fiesta!” by R. Anne Svendsen, and “Happy Hoedown” by Bruce Chase. The String Orchestra seemed to flow better compared to the Junior High Band, which might be an example of experience at play. Every song was more distinctive and lively. “Fiddling A-Round” started it off strong and was moving, “Fiesta!” was very upbeat, and “Happy Hoedown” finished the String Orchestra in a winding-down manner.

Finally, the headliners took the stage: the Weston Ranch Concert Band. The band played four songs compared to the three of the previous acts.

I expected based off the Junior High Band and the String Orchestra. They played “The Oregon Trail” by Michael Story, “Canticle” by Douglas E. Wagner, “Abracadabra” by Frank Techeli, and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” arranged by Don Gillis. These songs were adapted for band by Clavin Custer.

For “The Oregon Trail,” visual slides that accompanied the music told the backstory of the Oregon Trail, which added a special touch to the performance.

In “Canticle” and “Abracadabra” the musicians set alternating moods that were both peaceful and intense at times, a highlight of the hour-long concert.

Overall, I had a good time at the concert.

I look forward to hearing how these groups will sound in December.

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