2021 HPS Outdoor Band Concert Directed by Shawna Lemons

The High Plains Band students are excited to invite you to our 2021 Outdoor Band Concert featuring all 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade musicians! We have worked hard all year, and we are excited to celebrate our growth with our family and friends. Thank you for joining us!

Please enjoy our music and show BISON respect to the musicians, audience members, and the viewers at home (this is being live streamed) by only moving during applause or transitions. We are also asking that all guests follow 6-foot or more distancing from one another and masks are worn if closer. If you are feeling ill, please stay at home and enjoy our live-stream option. There are lots of seating areas including shaded, in the sun, on rocks, on grass, off the grass, etc. We are aware it will be impossible for everyone to have a perfect view but we are at least grateful that we will be able to perform! Thanks!

"The Good Life" by Ryan Nowlin

In addition to his work as a composer and author, Ryan Nowlin is an American composer, music teacher, horn player, and singer. "The Good Life" was actually written for a solo instrumentalist and a piano accompanist, but we've decided to make this a full band piece. We've really enjoyed playing this song, and we hope that your mind can wander to a "good" place while you listen to us play.

"Spring" [from the "Four Seasons"] by Vivaldi, performed by Kalilah Farrar

Kalilah is an extremely talented and sweet 6th grade student who has thrived this year in Band. Her Mother and Aunt both played the flute, and they have bonded over their love of music. Kalilah enjoys playing outside, and always travels with her flute!

"March Across the Seas" by Bruce Pearson and Ryan Nowlin

Along with Ryan Nowlin, Bruce Pearson wrote "March Across the Seas" and is has been a joy to practice this particular song. Pearson played clarinet and saxophone as well as baseball and hockey into his college years before becoming a music teacher, author, composer and conductor. It just goes to show that you can have so many passions in life and you never know where your boat will take you next.

"Report Card Blues" written by Bruce Pearson and Ryan Nowlin, performed by Owen Jensen

Owen Jensen is a bubbly and mature 7th grade trombonist. He has been dedicated to the High Plains Music program since the third grade, as pictured here. He chose to play this because it was his favorite song to play while we learning virtually this year.

"Procession" [from "Water Music"] by George Frideric Handel, arr. Ryan Nowlin

"Water Music" was a collection of orchestral movements, written for a royal boat party on England's Thames River. The orchestra played from one barge while King George I and friends listened from another vessel close by. This work of music premiered on 7-17-1717. What a neat date to celebrate!

"Ode to Joy" by Beethoven, played by Reese Taylor

Reese is an incredibly innovative and kind 6th-grade tenor saxophone player. In fact, other than Mrs. Lemons, he is the only one who plays the tenor sax, and is very proud of that! Reese is always first to jump in and try something new, and that's what makes him so special in our group. Reese chose to play this piece of music for you today, and hopes you enjoy!

"Banana Boat Song" a Jamaican Folk Song, arr. Ryan Nowlin

"Banana Boat" is a traditional Jamaican folk song. The song has mento influences, but it is commonly classified as an example of the better known calypso music. It is a work song, from the point of view of dock workers working the night shift loading bananas onto ships. We hope that you can close your eyes and we can "take you to the beach".

"CARLESS WHISPER" by George Michael, performed by Ben Zarzana

Ben Zarzana is in the 6th grade and the first one in his family to play the saxophone! He is a leader in class and is a wonderful part of our ensemble. He loves playing his instrument and would love to play for you the coolest song he knows... "CARLESS WHISPER" by George Michael. Playing this song was one of his life goals and the first song he could fully play (and have memorized) on the sax. He really wanted to share this with you guys!

"Indigo Rock" by Pearson & Nowlin

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, later developing into a range of different styles. Rock and roll, a style that drew directly from the blues and rhythm and blues genres of African-American music and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical, and other musical styles. For instrumentation, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Today, our band has divided up those rolls and you should be able to hear all components.

What a fun adventure this year has been!

We have a very special volunteer today who is helping run our Band Booth - Candie Joshi. Candie is being recognized today as an incredible parent who has supported High Plains in our infant stages. 3 of her 5 kids attended High Plains and all have been a part of our Band/Music program, and she has been to countless music events, including this one! Stop by our Band Booth to say hello to her, and if you would like to be involved, she can tell you the best way to accomplish that. While there, you can purchase bottled water for $1, HPS music shirts for $5, and Bison stickers for $3 - All proceeds go directly to the music program at High Plains!

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO DREW AND HIS CREW @ BOOMER MUSIC COMPANY FOR HELPING MAKE THIS EVENT A LIVE-STREAMED OPTION FOR OUR FAMILIES! We appreciate all the support from Boomer music! Please check out our YouTube channel (HPSmusic), where you can find all past performances - click the button below, & enjoy!

Thank you, parents, families, friends, teachers, and staff, for your unwavering support this year. We have really enjoyed our time learning together, and we are looking forward to making more music together in the future in the HPS Band!

Created By
Shawna Lemons


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