Cave Spring students at All-District band in Christiansburg and the Virginia Tech Honor Band event in Blacksburg, Va.
WINTER BAND CONCERT
DECEMBER 16TH AT 7PM AT HIDDEN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SIlent Night Gruber arr. Derrick
Winter Concert The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Pola, Wyle arr. Moss
The Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol Grainger edited Goldman
All I Want for Christmas is you Carey, Afanasieff arr. Kerchner
In the Bleak Midwinter Holst arr. R.W. Smith
Silent Night Gruber arr. Derrick
Fall Concert Manatee Lyric Overture Robert Sheldon Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Chorale from Cantata No. 147 Bach arr. Reed Satiric Dances For a Comedy by Aristophanes Norman Dello Joio Earth, Wind, and Fire in Concert Medley includes- September, After the Love has Gone, Fantasy arr. Richard Saucedo Bayou Breakdown Brant Karrick Into the Clouds Richard Saucedo
Concert Bands recieve Superior Ratings at Assessment!
The Combined bands received a Superior rating at the Roanoke County Concert Assessment on March 6th. The band performed music at the Grade V level and also received a Superior rating in the sight reading room as well.
This is the cornerstone of our program. The majority of teaching fundamentals and performance practices occur in these classes.
Concert Band and Symphonic band was set up originally as Concert band being the lower band, and Symphonic band being the higher level. This setup has changes in the past few years to incorporate students who want to participate but due to scheduling concerns could not enter the correct ensemble. The lines blurred and we witnessed many students decide not to participate either thinking the music was WAY too difficult or much too easy. The remedy was to combine both classes.
We began four years ago by combining both groups for concert performances. Both groups, even though they have different names, work on the same music literature. We practice and prepare in both classes allowing students to enroll without drawback of getting the “wrong” class. We have been successful by challenging the students on multiple levels and seeing growth in not only ensemble performance but individual musicianship as well. It is with the highest attention that the students receive the formal training that was started at the middle school and to foster progress on into college and beyond. The concerts that are provided are a fall concert, a holiday’s concert, performance for Concert Assessment and lastly the spring concert and graduation.
These ensembles are the cornerstone of our Cave Spring program with students also successfully participating in Roanoke Children’s Choir, Winds of the Blue Ridge, Roanoke Valley Community Band as well as area church and civic organizations.
We have students participating in District and State ensembles and collegiate honor bands from Virginia Tech, Radford, Liberty, VCU, JMU, Roanoke College, and Shenandoah Conservatory.