Greenwich High School Band Benefit Concert tonight

The Greenwich High School Band will take the stage in the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center for the Annual Band Benefit Concert on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. More than 170 students will perform in various band ensembles.

The evening will consist of performances by the Jazz and Wind Ensembles and the Concert and Symphony Bands. When the Jazz Ensemble takes the stage they will perform two classic jazz pieces, Love is Here to Stay, by Ira and George Gershwin and Boogie Stop Shuffle, by Charles Mingus. The Concert Band will perform James Swearingen’s Invicta. The Symphony Band will play the Paso Doble El Relicario by Jose Padilla and Emperata Overture, by Claude T. Smith. The evening will conclude with the Wind Ensemble’s performance of National Emblem March, by Bagley as well as Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart, Italian in Algiers by Rossini, and Festival by Clifton Williams.

In the past, tickets have been sold as a Band fund-raiser. However, this year the performance is free of charge and open to the public. Donations will still be accepted and are greatly appreciated, as the funds raised will help send the students on a competition trip in the spring. This year the Band will head to Orlando, Florida. According to John Yoon, director of the GHS Band Program, “These trips are a great opportunity for the students in the program to perform in front of nationally renowned judges who will provide invaluable feedback. In addition, the students will be exposed to performances by groups from other parts of the country.”

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