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“Final Concert” of 2012-13 Bands and Choirs at Juanita High School

Posted by glennled on June 4, 2013

Concert Band, Juanita High School

Concert Band, Juanita High School

Two of my trumpet students—one current, one past—played in the “Final Concert” of the school year at Juanita High School in Kirkland on 29 May—so I simply had to go! And, as always, I’m very glad I did. One student is in the Concert Band (for freshmen), and the other is in the Symphonic Band (for sophomores). Both bands, plus the Wind Symphony (for juniors and seniors) and the Jazz Band, are under the very capable direction of Mariko Lane. Also on the program were the Concert Choir (all girls) and the Concert Choir (co-ed), directed by Lehua Pischke.

The Jazz Band opened the concert with “Big Swing Face,” followed by “Little Brown Jug” and “The Elks Parade.” The next band was the 46-member Concert Band, playing a “Symphonic Suite from the ‘Lord of the Rings’.” After that, the Symphonic Band (42 members) played a medley from “The Phantom of the Opera.” And finally, the Wind Symphony (40 members) played a “Star Wars Medley.”

Symphonic Band, Juanita High School

Symphonic Band, Juanita High School

The music was challenging for the musicians and entertaining for the audience. It was evident that Ms. Lane is well-loved by her musicians, who follow her direction with precision. The balance of the instrumental sections was very impressive—for example, she kept the power of the brass in check, and the blending of the instruments was very pleasant. Also, she chose arrangements that featured solos by several of her best musicians.

The Jazz Choir sang a “Swing Around Suite” which included “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “God Bless the Child,” and “How High the Moon.” The Concert Choir sang “The Lion King: The Broadway Medley,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

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