Sym­phonic Band, Sixth Grade Band to Per­form Joint Spring Con­cert

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

The New­ton County High School Sym­phonic Band and New­ton County Sixth Grade Band un­der the di­rec­tion of Sa­muel B. Rigney will per­form at 8 PM tonight in a joint Spring con­cert in the high school au­di­to­rium.

The John Phillip Sousa award to the out­stand­ing ninth grade mu­si­cian. Award win­ners are selected by se­cret bal­lot by other band mem­bers.

Lis­ten­ing to both groups prac­tice for tonight’s con­cert, one could al­most feel the weeks of hard work put into each note and in­ten­si­fied into one har­mo­nious blend of mu­sic.

Rigney not only in­stills mu­si­cal per­fec­tion in his young mu­si­cians, but also a sense of enthusiasm and ac­com­plish­ment.

“Who’s the best sixth grade band in the county?” he asked his 10 and eleven year-olds at a re­cent prac­tice ses­sion.

“We are!” they shouted back in uni­son.

The enthusiasm of both the el­e­men­tary and high school mu­si­cians will un­doubt­edly be no­tice­able in tonight’s per­for­mance in which the high school mem­bers will play “Coat of Arms,” “Sec­ond Uni­ver­sal Judge­ment,” “One Tin Sol­dier,” “The House of The Ris­ing Sun,” and “Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful.”

The Sixth Grade Band, com­posed of stu­dents from East New­ton El­e­men­tary School, New Por­terdale El­e­men­tary School, and the E. L. Fi­quett El­e­men­tary School, will per­form “Hol­i­day,” “Cas­tles in Spain,” “Vil­lage Charm,” “Lit­tle English Suite,” and “Fan­tasy on ‘ Ch­ester’.”

“The over­all pro­gram for this group is the most chal­leng­ing. Most of the play­ers did not even be­gin band in­struc­tion un­til De­cem­ber. They have been prac­tic­ing two af­ter­noons each week for the past two weeks and re­ceive in­di­vid­ual in­struc­tion at their schools,” Rigney said.

Ad­mis­sion to the con­cert is 8 PM tonight at the New­ton County High School Au­di­to­rium is free.

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