Greenwich High School Band holds benefit concert

GHS Students rehearse in new Performing Arts Center

GHS Performing Arts Center.

The Greenwich High School Band will take the stage of the GHS Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. This fall concert is free and open to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated and will go toward this year’s educational and cultural exchange when the band ventures to Ireland in April 2018.

The performance will begin with the Jazz Ensemble performing a classic love song, How High the Moon Nancy Hamilton & Morgan Lewis, arr. by Sammy Nestico. The Jazz Ensemble will also perform Jeep’s Blues, by Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges, featuring Jillian Olesen on alto saxophone. They will conclude with Well You Needn’t, Mike Ferro & Thelonious Monk, arr. by Mark Taylor.

The Concert Band will take the stage next and perform I Where the Black Hawk Soars, by Robert W. Smith, a superb work with a bold fanfare opening. Their second piece, March of the Irish Guard, arr. James D. Ployhar is a lively arrangement that really moves along with a contrasting middle section featuring bagpipe effects.

The entertainment will continue with the Symphony Band’s performance of Cyrus the Great by Karl L. King. This march has been a band favorite for nearly a century, and this version gives new life to this classic, This one is proof that not all marches sound alike, and is a sheer delight from start to finish. Their final piece, Introduction and Fantasia by Rex Mitchell will delight the audience before the intermission break.

Wind Ensemble will finish the evening with Ride by Samuel R. Hazo, Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Aldridge Grainger and Ed. R. Mark Rogers and The Irish Suite, arr. Leroy Anderson, The Irish Washerwoman, 5. The Last Rose of Summer 6. The Girl I Left Behind.

The Band Program is under the direction of John Yoon, Director of Bands, and Ben Walker, Associate Director of Bands.

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