Wind bands on form at sum­mer con­cert

The Oban Times - - News -

LOCHABER High School’s wind bands staged their sum­mer con­cert on Thurs­day June 15.

The stu­dents per­formed a va­ri­ety of mu­sic across a range of gen­res.

The ju­nior wind band, con­ducted by Karen Thomp­son, opened the con­cert with a se­lec­tion of mu­sic, from tra­di­tional Scot­tish tunes through to a piece about aliens fea­tur­ing creative per­cus­sion.

The Big Band per­formed jazz and swing num­bers, in­clud­ing Mambo No. 5 and a jazz ver­sion of My Favourite Things from The Sound of Mu­sic.

Fi­nally, the se­nior wind band, which ear­lier this year re­tained its Gold Plus Award for the third year run­ning, per­formed a se­lec­tion of tunes, in­clud­ing some from the sound­track of the Dis­ney Pixar film The In­cred­i­bles and a piece en­ti­tled Ship­wrecked, which again fea­tured creative per­cus­sion.

The Big Band and se­nior band were both con­ducted by Mark Reynolds.

Head teacher Jim Suther­land said: ‘The young peo­ple who play in our wind bands are great am­bas­sadors for the school and an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple to other pupils. They rep­re­sent us so well at dif­fer­ent events from Re­mem­brance week­end to school con­certs and, of course, na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. I was de­lighted when our se­nior wind band won a third Gold Plus award at the Scot­tish Con­cert Band Fes­ti­val in Perth ear­lier this year; a fit­ting trib­ute to the in­struc­tors Mark Reynolds and Karen Thom­son who work hard to pro­vide first class mu­si­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties.’

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