Stonelaw’s music maestros
‘If music be the food of love, play on…’
The music department at Stonelaw High has had an eventful year, stretching from the instrumental music showcase in Hamilton Town House, to the many musical events held in their very own assembly hall, write Aaron Miller, Heather McMillan and Jennifer McLaughlin.
All the lessons and endless rehearsals came to an exciting finale with a concert.
The Stonelaw Concert Band continues to play a crucial role in the school community.
It provides an opportunity for individuals to perfect their musical abilities and experience being in an ensemble with their peers.
Most recently, the band took part in the IMS showcase, where talented schools from all over South Lanarkshire were invited along to display their skills.
The showcase was a fantastic opportunity for schools and ensembles to present the very best talent South Lanarkshire’s musical community has to offer.
The concert band played splendidly, however the competition was fierce and they just missed out on first place, coming in third. While there was some initial disappointment, with only two points of a difference between all the competitors, it has only made them more determined to win that coveted first place next year.
Percussion achieved an outstanding honours mark with 90 points, along with a first place and guitar ensemble also gained a first place with a score of 85.
And so, with these commendable places to add to the music department’s accolades, the term was brought to a close with a medley of all the varieties of music the school had to offer.
The concert also marked the final concert for many of the current S6 pupils who will be leaving this year, many of them having developed a life-long passion for music.
With many aspiring young musicians coming up from primary to fill the spaces they will leave, it’s comforting to know that although pupils will eventually move on, the band will remain an amazing asset to the school, as well as an outlet for musicians to come and perform.
As has been said before,“the people may change but the songs remain the same.”
Music makers Some of the senior music pupils of Stonelaw with concert band conductor James McAleenan