Fall Concert 2021 Fremont Bands

Welcome to our first Fremont Bands Concert of the 2021 school year! We have so many parts of our band program and are excited to share them with you. We are stoked to start out the year in person to celebrate music together. Please make sure if you like what you hear, let the students know by means of authentic, enthusiastic applause.

Symphonic Band
Adrenaline Engines by: Randall Standridge

Adrenaline Engines: "In 2008, I wrote a piece entitled Afterburn, which I premiered with my junior high ensemble. The kids loved the piece; even more amazing was the response from my high school band students. The next day, I was bombarded with requests from the senior band members that boiled down to 'We want to play something like that!' I was happy to oblige, and Adrenaline Engines was born."

notes from Randall Standridge

Lullaby to the Moon by: Brian Balmages

"Many works of fiction portray the moon as a living being. Particularly in children's books, one can find countless illustrations of the moon with a face on it, experiencing a wide array of emotions. This piece was written from the perspective of the "living moon" – alone in space while looking at the Earth. The music portrays the sometimes lonely feeling of the moon, away from all the life on Earth. There are also moments of comfort as the moon proudly watches over us, almost as a parent watches over his or her children from a distance. Despite feeling alone throughout the day, the moon emerges at night to light the sky and make us feel safer on those darkest of nights. This lullaby is my own personal way of returning the favor."

notes from: Brian Balmages

Phasing Thunder by: Brian Balmages

"This work began with its title and seeks to take a sound of nature and set it musically in a minimalistic style. Essentially, the entire piece is based on simple rhythms and sequences of notes that are slowly combined and then broken down again. These small sequences shift between directions throughout the piece, beginning with downward movement, transitioning to upward movement and eventually back to downward movement. As the title implies, these small cells are also juxtaposed with other cells that wind up being 'out of phase,' either because of staggered entrances or augmented note values. Elements of thunder are present throughout, including literal depictions as well as figurative depictions. Ultimately, the storm passes and leaves a soft rain accompanied by lingering minimalistic devices and effects."

notes from: Brian Balmages

Percussion Ensemble (percussion 2)

Casper's Lullaby by: James Horner, arr. Allison Steinquest

The career of composer James Horner experienced a renaissance in the year's time between late 1994 and 1995, and it was during this period that the composer largely bid farewell to the children's film genre for more than a dozen years. Because of the overwhelming popularity of Horner's work for Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Apollo13, all released within six months of Casper, this score (as well as Balto) has floated off to relative obscurity. Horner was regarded as a leading veteran of the children's genre at the time, scoring most of Spielberg's animated and live action productions that were meant to compete with Disney in the early 1990's. Significant connections exist throughout many of these scores, and most of their more orchestrally robust structures can be traced back to The Land Before Time in 1988.

The main phrase of Casper's lullaby is a direct holdover from The Land Before Time, the quiet, somber, and surprisingly simple tone anchored by poignant piano performances that expand in scope throughout the film as Casper's relationship with the daughter grows and their shared sadness becomes more evident. The secondary piano interlude in this theme is the heart-stealer, and Horner seemingly intentionally applies its repeating phrases with different forms of tonal resolution depending on Casper's hopefulness at the moment. This translates perfectly to melodic percussion with a few sound effects interlaced throughout.

Wind Ensemble
Whirlybird by: Todd Stalter

This fast-paced, swirling vortex of sound, with swift melodies and grooving background rhythms, is woven together with changing time signatures and plentiful use of percussion. The slang term for helicopter, "whirlybird", is an aural impression of the whirling rotors and unique maneuvers that only a helicopter can accomplish, and gives every section of the band a chance to shine by featuring daring harmonic contrasts, swift woodwind runs, and bold scoring for brass.

All the Pretty Little Horses arr: Andrew Boysen, Jr.

“All the Pretty Little Horses” is an American folk lullaby. Most people know this song by its iconic first verse:

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry

Go to sleep little baby

When you wake

You shall have

all the pretty little horses

Blacks and bays, dapples and greys,

Coach and six little horses.

These words, and the hypnotic melody accompanying them, conjure a warm, tender scene– a mother rocking her baby to sleep. Like so many lullabies, the song feels soothing but also melancholy, owing to its minor key.

But in this song, there’s more behind the melancholy. A lesser known second verse sheds some light on the song’s history.

Way down yonder

In the meadow

Poor little baby crying Momma

The birds and the butterflies

Flutter round his eyes

Scares the poor baby cryin’ Momma

The second verse dates back to the times of the American slavery. The song, it is believed, reflects the perspective of an enslaved woman, who is being forced to care for the master’s child, while her own child is left to fend for itself. As she sings, she describes how her own child must be missing her.

This story speaks powerfully to me as a parent. It describes the worst heartache I can imagine, to be forcibly separated from my children. It also poses an interesting challenge for me in the interpretation. To share the history of the second verse in class as it’s written above doesn’t feel right to me in a class, given that it refers to fear and separation. At the same time, this history is so important, and speaks so strongly to us as caregivers that I’ve wanted to share it. Just so that we can all remember the heartache that oppression causes and remember to treat all with love and respect.

American Salute by: Morten Gould

Originally written for orchestra, American Salute has become a favorite of the concert band repertoire. Using the familiar tune When Johnny Comes Marching Home as the sole melodic resource, Morton Gould demonstrates his skill in thematic development, creating a brilliant fantasy on a single tune.

Written in 1942 in the early days of World War II, it was composed at the request of a government radio program producer who wanted a “salute to America.” The composer insisted that he had no idea that the work was destined to become a classic: “It was years before I knew it was a classic setting. What amazes me is that critics say it is a minor masterpiece, a gem. To me, it was just a setting. I was doing a million of those things.” A million may be an exaggeration, but not by much. The pace of Gould’s schedule in those days was astounding. By his own account he composed and scored American Salute in less than eight hours, starting at 6 p.m. the evening before it was due (with copyists standing by), and finishing at 2 a.m. Although the ink couldn’t have been dry, the score and parts were on the stand in time for rehearsal the next morning and ready for broadcast that evening.

Marching Band
Pursuit of Joy: Music of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Joseph Curiale, Johann Pachelbel, and Carol Britten Chambers

We are always in pursuit, moving towards something. We often are chasing "joy" and happiness. We think "I'll be happy" when...

It is easy to lose sight of the joy all around us, the beauty and wonderful things that happen day to day. This show is a reminder to slow down and embrace each moment as an opportunity to experience pure joy.


Marching Band competes on October 23rd at Davis HS, October 30th at American Fork HS, November 5th and 6th at Dixie State University in St. George.

Wind Ensemble performs for Farr West's Veteran's Day commemoration, November 11th, 2pm at Farr West City Hall.

Come see our Jazz Band perform in the pit orchestra for Fremont's fall musical "Catch Me if You Can" - there are performances 11/12, 11/13, 11/15, 11/18, 11/19 and 11/20. Tickets will be available for purchase on https://www.packdrama.org/

All bands, including advanced bands at Wahlquist and Rocky Mtn. Jr Highs, will be performing at our Holiday Cone Concert on December 14th, 7pm in the Fremont Auditorium.

THANK YOU to: Michael Wooden and Jessica Chamberlain, our Jr High Band Directors. You willingly put noisemakers in the hands of kids and manage to create beautiful music. Teaching Jr High band is not for the faint of heart. Thank you to Alicia Mitchell, our amazing principal and to Jeffrey Marchant, Quincey Mogolich and Patrick Andrus, our Assistant Principals. Thanks to Geoff Anderson, Amber Taylor, Aubrey Obray and Ashlee Patterson for their camaraderie and support. They all have gone way above and beyond to help us have performances this year. Our Choir, Orchestra and Band programs have earned Superior ratings in recent years. Our musical won our region with "the Old Man and the Old Moon" and Best Musical in the State for "Suessical". We are part of an incredible, immersive performing arts program. The arts really are thriving at Fremont. Thank you for allowing your child to participate in band this year. In spite of restrictions and challenges, we have had a very successful year. Thank you to our custodial staff. They are incredible and have been pushed beyond belief this year to help ensure our students safety. All of these people contribute to the success of the band program. Their support does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank you to the other teachers and staff members at Fremont. We have an amazing team of educators and staff members that love and support your kids. Thank you parents and loved ones, your support helps your student achieve many great things, including this performance.


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