On Thursday, March 28, Episcopal hosted the 2019 Spring Band Concert, an evening of wind ensemble and chamber music. The program included a variety of new wind ensemble music, bringing energy and excitement to the stage, as well as chamber music where students performed in small groups.
The Middle School Concert Band, comprised of seventh and eighth-grade students, took the stage first, performing with confidence and professionalism. The ensemble performed four selections including the iconic tune “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.
Next the program featured chamber music ensembles, which were student-led and driven. “Wild Westerns” was conducted by eighth-grade flute student Sean Ramsey, leading a small wind ensemble to excellence. “This was a fantastic opportunity for students to develop communicative and collaborative skills,” said Greg Hersey, Director of Instrumental Music.
Senior instrumentalists Jessica Hogan, Chandler Bateh, Noah Yco, and Witt Witt took the stage alongside instrumental adjuncts and Mr. Hersey for a farewell performance, a classic Disney selection entitled “You’ll Be In My Heart.”
A crowd favorite, “Lights Out,” featured percussionists in a darkened Munnerlyn Theater, with only their green, glowing drumsticks visible to the audience.
Next on the stage was the Upper School Wind Ensemble, performing four selections with sophistication and sonority.
The program concluded with all of the instrumental music students, sharing the stage for one final selection, “The Forge of Vulcan.”
“We in the Fine Arts Department are immensely proud of our students and their dedication to the arts,” said Mr. Hersey.