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Band and choir prepare to perform at graduation

Chamber Singers rehearse the song “I Was Here” in front of the choir room. “[Practice] is very refreshing considering we haven’t really seen people much this entire year,” chamber singer junior Gabriel Allen said. “It is a class where we work together, relax, and have fun by singing together again.”

The once empty campus is now found with students walking around, some carrying instruments and some carrying microphones. They all have one image in their head—the sound of music filling the football field as a group of caps and gowns slowly leaves, marking the end of a chapter in life. To achieve this goal, Marching Band and Chamber Singers are practicing in person to perform at graduation, Thursday, May 27.

Marching Band has been practicing about twice a week Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the past month. Meanwhile, Chamber Singers has held practice once a week for the past month on either Wednesday or Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:40 p.m., Band will be playing “Pomp and Circumstance” by Amadeo Lopez and Edward Elgar and choir will be singing “I Was Here” composed by Gary Burr, Hillary Scott and Victoria Shaw.

“We feel ready to do well at graduation because of the different environment in-person practices have,” marching band sophomore trumpet player Alyssa Morales said. “We have been working long hours, both at home and on campus, so we look forward to the performance.”

Despite being able to see each other in person again, practices still come with limitations. In both band and choir, all members must stay six feet apart and stand in a staggered formation. 

“It is hard because we usually have the entire year to come together as a group and have things down from being together,” Morales said. “In reality this is our first live performance of the year, so that’s going to be a bit challenging.”

Certain components are different because of the lack of interaction between members for such a long time, such as synchronization and setting up equipment. Having a professional appearance and demonstrating showmanship is a main focus during practice.

“It’s going to be hard but we just have to be confident and reassure ourselves everything’s going to be okay,”  chamber singer junior Gabriel Allen said. “I have faith that we will do very well at graduation and we are all very excited to participate.” 

By Remy Wong, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Gabriel Allen