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Wonderful Lower School Band & Choir Concert
Wonderful Lower School Band & Choir Concert
On Tuesday May 16th, Lower School students and their parents were treated to a wonderful concert performed by students in Grades 1 to 5. The concert began with over sixty students of Grades 1 and 2 performing as the Hillside Choir conducted by Dr. Leroy and singing four marvellous songs starting with “Nanuma” a traditional Ghanaian song arranged by Lavendar. This one was followed by the “Banana Boat Song”, a traditional Jamaican song arranged by Higgins. The third song was “Song for Every Season” by M & H Johnson and the final song was the “Mad Moon Song” by M Green & J. Stanley.

This super introduction was followed by the Eagle Choir, a group seventy-six voices of students in Grades 3 to 5 who performed three pieces with great gusto. The first was the “Beat of the Drum” by Jay Althouse. This was followed by a very complicated piece entitled "Time’s Secret" by Rosetti and Gardner. The final song was the enchanting “Child of Peace” by David Waggoner. All were conducted by Mrs Bryson.

After a brief intermission the second half of the concert was made up of a number of musical pieces played by the Lower School bands. The audience were first treated to the eighty plus strong Beginner Band all of whom only started learning to play their instruments last September. The first piece was the “Battle of the Samurai” by Timothy Loest, featuring the use of pencils as percussion instruments. This piece involved a change in tempo from fast to slow and back again. The second piece was a “Classic Bits and Pieces” arrangement by Michael Story. Mrs Bryson noted that the Beginner Band this year were making such progress that they had decided to prepare and use more complicated pieces than normal. The students were very proud to show what they have accomplished in a few short months.

The concert was completed by the thirty-five plus strong Wind Orchestra who played three pieces. They started with the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky. This was followed by the “Themes from Harry Potter” by John Williams. Finally, the well-known “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees, made famous by the movie Shrek, was played by the orchestra.

We would like to thank all the students for their countless hours of practice and dedication to the songs and pieces of music they performed. We would also like to sincerely thank Mrs Bryson, Ms. Mintz, Dr. Leroy, Mr Hastings and Mrs McDonald.