The Manson Music Department, which is made up of students from sixth grade through high school, performed their 2017 Festival Concert on March 6, 2017. The concert was entitled “Great Music” and featured jazz, classical and historical works.
“We have 90% percent of the student body participating in the music program,” Music Director Matt Brown said.
The concert was formerly performed in the Manson Secondary Schools’ commons but had to be moved into the gym to accommodate the number of students participating and audience attending.
“As you look upon the performing groups, please take pride in knowing that the Manson Music Program serves the largest percentage of students in our region,” Brown wrote in a message printed in the program.
The Jazz Katz performed first in the evening. The audience was treated to Jumpin’ at the Woodside by Count Basie, A Night in Yunisia by John ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie and Frank Paparelli, Blues Machine by Michael Sweeney and April in Paris by E.Y. ‘Yip’ Harburg and Vernon Duke.
The Sixth Grade Band demonstrated their progress over the course of the year, performing three songs. Drum Major Damon Smith presented the first Teacher’s Aid award to Colton Vivian who was recognized for his positive attitude. The band also stood to march their final piece, which is no simple task.
Carpathia by William Owens, a piece in honor of the ship that rescued passengers during the sinking of the Titanic, was performed by the seventh grade band. Gentle Winds by Timothy Loest and Fighting Falcon March by Todd Statler rounded out the set.
The Eighth Grade Band performed Moscow, 1941 which was inspired by the battle of Moscow during WWII. Both the Eighth and Seventh Grade Bands will perform on March 15, 2017, in the North Central Washington Music Educators Association (NCWMEA) Middle School Large Group Festival. The festival will be hosted by Manson this year and will feature bands from around the region.
The last group to perform during t he evening was the High School Band. Many members of the Jazz Katz are also part of the High School Band. The selections performed during the set will also be performed during the festival on March 21, 2017 at Chelan High School.
(By Jillian Foster)