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Spring Concert Features Special Percussionist

The OE Spring Concert, started at around 7-7:30 pm on  May 7th, starts the concert off with the Jazz band. The Jazz band played many songs, some even featuring solo aspects so they could have the seniors there shine. The next ensemble that came to the stage was the sixth-grade band. The sixth graders had a few songs by section along with some songs featuring the entire band, all in all, quite a good round of songs were played. The next band that came to the stage was the 7th grade, the 7th graders played a few songs that showed how much they improved since 6th grade. 

 The high school band started with a song called Squirrel. This song is fast-paced and quickly becomes very intense near the middle, even when the band shouts “Squirrel,” which was quite a surprise, the band kept playing a glorious sound, making it obvious that they practiced for a few months on the songs. 

The next song was one chosen by the seniors, who are swiftly leaving this school in the few weeks that are left. The song’s name is Where Words End… This song started with a subtle melody before turning into a slowly rising current which slowly crescendos and then decrescendos back down to the melody at hand. But after a little bit, it turned to a Maga Forte that slowly goes back to the subtleness it had before finally dropping off with a slow halt. Thanks to the way the music felt, along with the way it sounded and seemed to be it could be more obvious why the seniors chose this song of many in their high school courier.

The last song the high school band played was joined by the seventh graders. The song, called Faculty Vs Band began with a slow, soft, melody as we can we begin to see some staff from the high school go on stage going near the percussion instruments. After the first bit of the song was over the teachers began to ‘tune’ the percussion instruments using a tuba for tuning. After being tuned the band starts at the same pace as the last portion of this song, but also has more shortness to the length of the notes being played. While the band plays the music, the staff plays the percussion in time with the band. 

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The third part of the song had a student introduce Mr. Powell as an award-winning percussionist who has just finished with his world-class tour, yet he missed two of the three starts from Miss. Ignash, who’s the one who was conducting the ensemble. After he hit the note, everyone clapped, and the final portion of the song began. This portion had the staff bring out balloon towers and start to pop them in in time with some beets. After the band ended the music two last balloons are popped which brought the concert end.

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