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Meet the M-A Bands and Orchestra

by Rebekah Lindsay

All Media by M-A Chronicle

On Tuesday evening M-A’s award-winning bands and orchestra joined together for their first concert of the year. Jazz II opened up the concert by playing a fantastic set. Jazz III, Concert Band, and Orchestra rounded out the evening with notable performances of I Can't Believe You're Still in Love with Me (Jazz III), Crazy Train (Concert Band), and Variations on a Korean Folk Song (Orchestra).

Left: Jazz II opens the concert with Chili Pepper 101 by George Shutack. Middle: The audience files in at the start of the concert. Right: Charlie Smith plays the bass and Nolan Takayama plays the drums for the first Jazz III song, Safety Net Blues by Dave Barduhn.

Jazz III experienced a major reinvention this year after losing many talented players at the end of last year. They hope to continue the streak of excellence that last year brought. Trumpet and French horn player Connor Low says he “looks forward to seeing what they’ve worked so hard for come to life” in the coming year.

Jazz III performs Safety Net Blues by Dave Barduhn.

The Orchestra anticipates a successful year; they look forward to performing at an invitation-only concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. First chair violinist Eli Higgins expressed that "Being able to hear they end product of all this work is really cool."

The opening to Orchestra's performance of Variations on a Korean Folksong.

Orchestra plays their final piece Variations on a Korean Folksong by John Barnes Chance.

The multi-talented Concert Band switched focuses from their usual pep-band pieces and played three concert pieces: Aresenal by Jan Van De Roost, The Fives Prevail by Richard Saucedo, and Crazy Train by Osbourne/Murtha. While Flautist Liana Burfoot prefers pep band music she says, "[she] likes band in general because it is a good way to express [herself]."

A clip from Concert Band's second song The Fives Prevail.

Concert Band's woodwind section plays The Fives Prevail by Richard Saucedo.

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