It was January 14, and time for Elm Street School’s first band and chorus concert of the year. We were all anxious, yet thrilled, to share with our friends and family the music pieces we have been working on. For the beginners, it was their very first chance, but for the advanced band like me, it was our eighth or ninth chance to show our friends and relatives what we can do!

This concert was a little different than most. For instance, for this concert we had our two junior bands put together, and I just want to say that the beginners did an excellent job keeping up with the intermediates. Also, the younger chorus did not perform in the concert. That being said, only the older chorus sang. There were two shows that day, one at about 1 p.m. in front of the whole school, and one at 7 p.m. for friends and family.

The pieces played were a great mix of songs. The chorus sang a few wonderful songs. One that really stood out to most was, For Just A Little While, with five soloists who sang. The chorus was also accompanied by seventh grader Shujing Lian on the piano, and me, Emma Turton, on the saxophone.

I remember the younger band playing a piece that included a variety of songs almost everyone knew such as, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, When The Saints Go Marching In, and Old McDonald Had A Farm.

The advanced band played four pieces including the Mission: Impossible Theme, and the elegant Ballade with flute soloist Amanda Gibson, who tied it all together.

And the work hasn’t stopped there. We have already started practicing for our annual Spring Cabaret! I can’t want to see what pieces Mrs. Riman, our music director, has in store for us this time. She did a great job putting this last one together! Also, I just want to say great job to all of the kids in the bands and chorus, you played an excellent show, and good luck in the future!

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