Two Bands Make for a Great Performance
Jon Smith

Two Bands Make for a Great Performance


Red and Blue Editor

Under the direction of Shaun Fontaine and Thomas Roblee, the Alliance High School band worked extremely hard to bring a great performance for this year’s winter concert on Dec. 20.

The band has a total of 135 students this year, so they were split into two different classes: Concert Band, which practices 1st period, and Symphonic Band, which practices 8th.

The members of the Concert Band performed four pieces: “Dreidl Adventure” by Scott Watson, “O Christmas Tree” by Michael Vertoske, “Christmas Vacation” by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and “Hallelujah Chorus” by George Frideric Handel.

The members of Symphonic Band performed four pieces: “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore and Jack Bullock, “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson and Robert W. Smith, “Hallelujah Chorus” by George Frideric Handel, and “The 3-Minute Nutcracker” by Pyotr Il’Yich Tchaikovsky and Lloyd Conley.

“Both bands sound great and this concert was amazing,” said Mr. Fontaine. “We have included a lot of extra items that made the concert particularly exciting: First graders decorating a tree, a video of AHS family photos, a video of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas; and a special video presentation by the interactive media class.”

“I believe the band has been working extremely hard to put forth a great concert, I love that we are trying new things to bring a larger audience,” said senior Aryah Buckmon.

“The band has really been working hard to make this one of our best concerts, the music is great and I'm enjoying our preparations for this concert,” said junior Raelene Valdez-Torrez.

The band will soon begin practicing for the yearly Solo and Ensemble contest coming up at GlenOak High School and the Large Group Contest at Lake High School.

“I want to continue to work on individual accountability in the band. I want each person to feel responsible for the success of the group,” Fontaine said. “It is the next step to our success.”