THE BLHS FRESHMEN BAND played four pieces in Monday’s spring concert.

An evening of great music at BLHS

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
A wind ensemble conducted by Heidi R. Olson  kicked off the Big Lake High School band concert Monday evening with Fanfare and Flourishes by James Curnow. This was followed by A Whole New World, arranged by Eric Wilson.
A brass sextet, April Harrison, Cassie Jahn, Ben Wehmas on trumpets, Daniel Kopis on trombone, Keon McGarvey on Baritone and Lucas Christensen on tuba, took the stage to play Sourwood Mountain by Acton Ostling.
The freshmen band took the stage to honor the Navy with their rendition of  Anchors A Weigh, arranged by James D. Ployhar.
They  followed this with “Can-Can” You Name These Tunes? arranged by Jerry Williams. The piece included melodies from Stars And Stripes Forever, the Toreador Song from the opera Carmen, In The Hall Of The Mountain King, Simple Gifts, Wedding March, Goin’ Home from the New World Symphony, O Tannenbaum, William Tell Overture, Yankee Doodle, 1812 Overture, Anvil Chorus, Old MacDonald, Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Can-Can.
The freshmen band went on to play Pevensey Castle by Robert Sheldon. Located on the south coast of England, the piece is intended to portray the historical times surrounding the fall of the Roman built castle during the dark ages.
Their final piece was Surfin’ USA, arranged by Johnnie Vinson.
Next up was the jazz band, who began their set with Linus and Lucy, arranged by John Berry. Love Is Here To Stay, arranged by Paul Baker, was next, followed by Oye Como Va, arranged by Paul Murtha.
Mary Peterson and Maddy Zinken played #2 Three Duos by Berbiguier, then the concert band took the stage, starting with Heart Of Adventure by Ryan Main. Their next piece was Skyfall, arranged by Jay Babcock.
The concert band was joined on stage by the wind ensemble for a medley of tunes by pop and rock legends Chicago, arranged by John Wassott. Melodies included Make Me Smile, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Saturday In The Park and 25 or Six to Four.
The concert concluded with The Complete Harry Potter, arranged by Jerry Brubaker.
“The students have worked very hard on this piece,” said Olson. “It is 12 minutes long.”
Prior to the concert, there were a number of solo and ensmble performances in the commoms area. These included a trumpet duet, Gigue by Boismortier, played by Sonja Gerdts and Rachel Olson, a flute duet with Emily Bettinger and Maria Yurkew playing Devienne’s Nineteen Duos, Maddy Zinken on flute and Meghan Zinken on clarinet playing Arietta by Paul Koepke, and Gavotte by F. J. Gossec, played by a flute quartet made up of Emily Bettinger, Billy Saliterman, Hannah Wessel and Maria Yurkew.
Performing on stage prior to the concert were Deanna Kopis and Sierra Kollstra on trumpet, Cole Carlson on tenor saxophone and Andrea Doty on piano playing Sing, sing, Sing by Louis Prima. Rachel Olson played Scherzo by Johannes Brahms on her French horn, Samantha Moench played the flute and Amber Huhta accompanied her for  Gavotte by F. J. Gossec. Cole Carlson played Contradance by W. A Mozart on his tenor saxophone.
The high school choir performs their final concert of the year Monday in the high school auditorium at 8 p.m.


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