The St. Paul’s School Music Department will hold its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 11, in the Brigg’s Assembly Center. The concert will consist of musical performances by the St. Paul’s percussion class, sax quartet, jazz band and concert band.
“The Band Concert last year was terrific,” said Band Boosters Vice President Pam Hovis. “I suggest to others, if they have not been to one of these band concerts, they really need to attend. They won’t be disappointed.”
The St. Paul’s Concert Band, led by Band Director Andrew Moran, is the largest music group in the program and acts as the closer for the event each year. “Every marching band member is expected to participate in concert band,” said Hovis. “Although some boys have never played a concert band instrument, they are willing to learn.”
The concert band will play a variety of music ranging from marches to orchestral pieces by composers such as John Philip Sousa and Hugh M. Stuart. Three of the pieces on the set list for the Spring Concert gained the concert band a superior rating at the St. Clement of Rome Concert Band Competition in New Orleans on May 2. A superior rating is the highest rating attainable in a music competition.
“The entire concert band never ceases to amaze me with tunes they play,” said Hovis. “They get better and better every year.”
The St. Paul’s Jazz Band, led by Assistant Band Director Jimmy Brickman, will once again participate in the Spring Concert this year. In past years, the Jazz Band has won multiple awards from local festivals and from the biannual St. Paul’s Marching Wolves Disney Trip.
Other musical acts include the St. Paul’s Sax Quartet and the St. Paul’s African Drum Ensemble. “The sax quartet always entertains with the medley of songs they play,” said Hovis.
In the past, guest musicians have been invited to play alongside the St. Paul’s musicians. “Last year, Andrew Moran brought a musical husband and wife team that performed with expertise and captivated all in attendance.”
The Spring Concert is projected to be one of the largest in recent years due to the increase of size and talent in the music program this year.
“The musical program has most definitely grown over the past four years,” explained Hovis. “Every year, there seem to be more band members involved in honor band competitions. Personally, I would have to give kudos to Andrew Moran for the increase of involvement.”
General admission tickets are $5 and reserved seating tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased from the office of the main school building. The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m.
(All photos courtesy of Bridget Bissel and Beth Cannon.)