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Posts Tagged ‘Legend of the Alhambra’

Elementary Bands Give Final Concert of the Year at Skyview Jr. High in Bothell

Posted by glennled on June 9, 2011

1st Year Elementary Band

Happy young musicians make proud parents and teachers. The proof was in the final concert of the school year for the two elementary bands and the jazz combo which performed in the gym at Skyview Jr. High in Bothell on 31 May.

2nd-Year Elementary Band

The 58-member first-year band performed four movements of a piece by Jack Bullock: “Alpha Overture; Rock-It; Yuki; The Bingo Polka.”

The 37-member second-year band performed “Na Na Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by A.F. Dale, P.R. Leka and G. Carla, as arranged by Eric Osterling, and “Legend of the Alhambra,” by Mark Williams.

The 8-member jazz combo performed “Autumn Leaves” by Joseph Kosura and Johnny Mercer and “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock.

Jazz Combo (plus vocalist, not shown)

The concert was interrupted to pay tribute to the leader, Mr. Shawn McGinn. During the past several weeks, band members had made donations toward the purchase of a gift, and the two assistants, Candice Palmberg (flutes) and me (brass), supplemented their contributions. In all, $152 was collected, and a gift certificate from Babies-R-Us was presented to him. He and his wife are expecting their first baby in early July! Mr. McGinn is going to be a wonderful father. With those two good parents, that kid is very lucky!

The brass section of the 2nd-year elementary had secretly prepared its own special treat for Mr. McGinn. As a surprise and on behalf of all his students, they played the chorus of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” to honor him for his inspirational, fun instruction and leadership. Mr. McGinn encouraged everyone to stay in practice during the summer and come back next fall for a very special school year in band!










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Super Band Concert in the Gym–Skyview Jr. High, Bothell

Posted by glennled on March 26, 2011

7th Grade Band (center), 5th Grade Band (left) & 6th Grade Band (right)

“Have you ever seen or heard anything like it?”  “No, never!”  “How was it?”  “Unbelievable!”

That’s how the proud audience of parents, relatives, and friends felt after the 5th, 6th, and 7th-grade bands performed their concert in the gynmasium at Skyview Jr. High School in Bothell last Thursday night.

1st-Year Elementary Band

The concert began with the 5th Grade Band playing “Furioso,” followed by the 6th Grade Band’s “American Spirit March.” Then the 7th Grade Band played three pieces: “The Firebird,” “Black is the Color,” and “Legend of the Alhambra.” Next, Mr. Shawn McGinn, Director of Instrumental Music, joined this band’s percussionists in performing a Latin piece, “Mario Brothers.”

For the finale, Mr. Ginn conducted the combined 6th-7th Grade Bands in the dramatic piece, “Second Storm.”

It is remarkable to witness the progress being made by all these young musicians [especially the trumpet and trombone players, I say]! Band is so fun! 

"Second Storm," played by the combined 7th (left) and 6th (right) Grade Bands


The combined 7th (left) and 6th (right) grade bands play the finale, "Second Storm"

Mr. McGinn joins the 7th-grade percussionists to play "Mario Brothers"

2nd-Year Elementary Band

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