Mu­sic pro­grams alive and well at Colo­nial Mid­dle School

The Colonial - - OPINION -

At Colo­nial Mid­dle School, there are nu­mer­ous mu­si­cal groups in which students can par­tic­i­pate. There is the Concert Band and the Or­ches­tra, the Wind Ensem­ble and the String Ensem­ble and the Jazz Band.

This year, David O’Neill, the band teacher at the mid­dle school, is putting to­gether a Sax­o­phone nuar­tet. This ad­vanced group is com­posed of two alto sax play­ers, one tenor and one bari­tone sax player. Prac­tice for this ex­clu­sive group started three weeks ago, the week of Sept. 23.

The Concert Band is per­fect­ing the first piece for the year, “Fan­fare and Tri­umph,” writ­ten by James Swearin­gen. The other two pieces for the Colo­nial Mid­dle School Win­ter Concert are sched­uled to go out at re­hearsal next week.

Au­di­tion ma­te­ri­als for the CMS Jazz Band will go out next week and prac­tice will start in Novem­ber.

The Jazz Band is an ad­vanced ensem­ble con­sist­ing of alto, tenor and bari­tone sax­o­phones; trum­pets; trom­bones; pi­ano, gui­tar; bass gui­tar; and drums. This group of students play jazz, Latin and rock mu­sic in com­pe­ti­tions against jazz bands from other school dis­tricts dur­ing the win­ter. Students must au­di­tion to par­tic­i­pate.

The Wind Ensem­ble is for students from all grades with more ad­vanced skills. This group is smaller than the full concert band, but still has more students than the Jazz Band due to the dif­fer­ence in style. The Wind Ensem­ble plays more dif­fi­cult mu­sic than the stan­dard Concert Band and also has only brass, wood­winds and per­cus­sion, much like the concert band.

The an­nual mu­si­cal theater this year will be “Ok­la­homa!” Jeff Cooper, the di­rec­tor, has al­ready put out au­di­tion ma­te­ri­als for those students who en­joy singing, act­ing and danc­ing. Students find the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing part of the mu­si­cal so much fun they come back year af­ter year.

Prac­tice for the mul­ti­ple vo­cal groups at the mid­dle school has started, also. These in­clude the Sixth- Grade Cho­rus and the Seventh- and Eighth­Grade Cho­rus, as well as the Se­lect Cho­rus.

There are so many op­por­tu­ni­ties for students to de­velop their mu­si­cal abil­i­ties or to en­joy mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences at Colo­nial Mid­dle School. As al­ways, we can look for­ward to great per­for­mances by all these en­sem­bles, for they put in amaz­ing ef­fort and will al­ways do their best.

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