Performing arts group perform in WVUSD Arts Showcase

Performing arts groups throughout the district participated in the first annual Walnut High School 2018 Arts Showcase and STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the gym and Performing Arts Center.

The event concept was created in 2015 after the Walnut Valley Unified School District partnered with Arts for All to create district-wide arts education curriculum for all grade levels. Elementary, middle and high school bands, choirs, color guards and orchestras performed in the gym and the Performing Arts Center throughout the day.

“Pleasing the audience and showing off all that we’ve worked on [is the best part of performing],” Men’s Ensemble singer sophomore Dylan Mark said. “When the Men’s Ensemble goes to sing, we can get the audience to be a little bit more excited and into the different types of performances.”

Besides instrumental performances, pre-registered individuals and small groups performed various pieces in front of the gym. Live ceramics demonstrations, paintings, drawings, student-made animation films and simulations, such as video game design and Computer Aided Drafting, were displayed in classrooms.

“My favorite part of the showcase was being a part of the orchestra. It’s just so amazing to me, seeing all the performances and all the schools coming together in one big performance was such a great experience,” Intermediate Orchestra viola player freshman Karen Lu said.

Guests were also welcome to work on a community art project, visit food trucks, receive face painting and try out instruments. The showcase concluded with the “Grand Finale” performance, in which Walnut and Diamond Bar choirs and orchestras performed “God Bless America” and “Tribute to Walt Disney #2” together.

“I think the showcase achieved its purpose [in allowing] a display of all students across the district to share their progress in the arts,” Wind Ensemble saxophone player junior Ethan Lee said. “Playing in the Walnut Wind Ensemble alongside Diamond Bar’s, I was impressed by their skill and dedication. It gave me an impression of how great our district’s art programs can be.”

By Phillip Leung, Production lead
Photo by Isaac Le