Band and orchestra attend festival

Band and orchestra attended a festival Wednesday, April 3 in the Multi-Purpose Room and Performing Arts Center.

Concert band, orchestra, symphonic orchestra and wind ensemble participated in the event, which involved a performance and sight reading, a performance of a piece that the performer has never seen before.  A panel of judges assessed the organizations, giving each of them separate scores on both parts of their performance.

“It was pretty fun because we finally got to show off our pieces, and we got to hang out afterwards,” violinist sophomore Krystal Phu said. “[A highlight was] finally knowing our score and what level we are. We got three excellents when we were playing in front of the judges and a superior on sight reading”

The groups played a variety of songs, including “Backstage Pass” by Brian Balmages, “Symphony No. 9” by Antonin Dvorak, “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance and “William Tell Overture” by Gioachino Rossini. Band performed fast-paced contemporary tunes, while orchestra played slower traditional pieces.

“It was exciting because you’re actually getting graded for music,” trumpeter freshman Nicholas Voyagis said. “‘Backstage Pass’ [was my favorite] because there was lot of energy in it. The song sounded loud, and it’s harder to [play] a song that has swing in it.”

In preparation for the festival, musicians rehearsed during their respective class periods, after school and during their own time in order to refine their accuracy, rhythm and volume.

“I feel relieved and a little nostalgic at the same time,” trombonist senior William Xu. “This is my last performance, so this is something that is going to be with me. It’s something that I’m going to remember from high school.”

By Landon Park, Staff writer
Photo by Emma Hsieh