In a melodious kickoff to Winter Break, Viewpoint’s Sixth Grade Band and Middle School Beginning Band, alongside Concert Winds, Wind Ensemble, Middle School Jazz Lab, and Upper School Jazz Ensemble, took center stage at the Carlson Family Theater (CFT) for their highly anticipated annual Sixth Through Twelfth Grade Band Concert on Tuesday, December 12.
The show commenced with a dynamic performance by the Sixth Grade Band and Middle School Beginning Band, featuring "Bringer of War (After Holst)" by Brian Balmages and the enchanting "Dance of the Jabberwocky" by Rob Grice. Following their performance, The Concert Winds performed "Dark Ride" by Randall D. Standridge and "The Big Mambo" by Timothy Loest.
The Wind Ensemble showcased their versatility with Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb for Military Band," including the compelling "Chaconne." They smoothly transitioned between genres with "Land of 1,000 Dances" by Chris Kenner and Antoine Domino, "Jersey Boys - Part 3 (Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You)" by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, and "Funkytown" by Steve Greenberg.
"A standout moment was the Holst piece because it posed a significant challenge in terms of preparation time. The students tackled it admirably, and I felt incredibly proud of their performance," shared Kim Gonzalez, Band Instructor at Viewpoint.
The Middle School Jazz Lab presented soulful renditions of Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" and the jazzy "Cantaloupe Island" by Herbie Hancock. Closing the night, the Upper School Jazz Ensemble performed "Cumbia 48" by Sonora Marta La Reina, "The Sidewinder" by Lee Morgan, and "Hey Pocky Way" by The Meters.
“This concert marks the culmination of our entire semester of effort,” explained Greg Zilboorg, Jazz Director at Viewpoint. “Many of the pieces we're performing were initiated in the first weeks of school. It's a joyous celebration of all they've achieved and a testament to their growth over the course of the term.”
As we return from Winter Break and the holiday season, our Viewpoint community is eagerly looking forward to the upcoming Suzuki & Traditional Strings & Primo Orchestra Concerts scheduled for Thursday, January 11, and Friday, January 12, both starting at 9:00 a.m. We hope you’ll join us as we set the stage for a harmonious beginning to 2024.