Thunderdome Harmony

Bands Perform Concert in the Gymnasium

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Wind Ensemble takes the “stage” (photo by Helena Jenkins).

Micah Via, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, March 1, Northmont’s three bands welcomed Spring with a concert, although it wasn’t in their usual setting. Taking center stage at the Thunderdome, the Concert and Symphonic Bands played two music pieces while the Wind Ensemble played five for the audience.

“I thought the students did a great job. I liked all the pieces the bands performed,” said Assistant Band Director Ms. Joni Graham.

Due to the auditorium being renovated, the band program moved their concert to the large athletic arena, where they had never performed before.

“It was a great first concert in the new gymnasium,” said Band Director Mr. Andrew Brough. “The bands sounded really good considering we’ve never played in a room that big.”

The concert took on a sporting event feel in the athletic arena.

“The audience was very supportive of the bands and greatly cheered after the bands were done with their pieces,” said Graham.

The bands had worked on these pieces since returning after Winter Break.

“I liked how the students all worked hard on their music pieces and put in a lot of effort,” said senior trumpet player Nathan Paul.

Along with the venue being larger and the sound being different, Wind Ensemble had an incident with the fans blowing their music off their stands.

“The concert was a little strange because our normal venue wasn’t available, but all three bands did great and it prepared Wind Ensemble for OMEA District Contest,” said senior saxophone player Ian Blouch. Wind Ensemble went on to compete at OMEA and receive a superior rating.

The bands will next perform on Monday, May 16.