Symphonic Band, Sixth Grade Band to Perform Joint Spring Concert
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.