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Bravo to the Governor Morehead School Musicians!

May 17th, 2008 · No Comments

On Thursday evening, Andrew and I took a trip to The Governor Morehead School to check out their year-end band and chorus concert. We first visited the school, which serves students with visual impairments, about a month ago when we led a workshop with their kindergarteners and first graders. The kids we met were so sweet and fun to work with, and the two music teachers had such passion about what they were doing. So naturally, we were excited about hearing their concert…and after hearing the kids perform, we’re now die-hard fans!

The chorus went on first, and performed pieces by composers ranging from Arcadelt (the 15th-century Flemish guy) to Irving Berlin, and from a variety of cultures and styles. While I enjoyed their versatility, my favorite part about the chorus was their excitement and passion as they sang, and how they brought joy into each song. The guys in the group were excellent as well–not like the muttering fellows in the choir at one of my recent gigs–they really sang out, and it gave the choir a beautiful, full sound.

After the chorus was the band, who were quite a treat as well. Andrew and I especially enjoyed their version of Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca. I don’t know many high school bands who would tackle this tune, let alone make it swing. But this band swung hard, and really captured the wild vibe that Dizzy’s tunes tend to have. All the musicians sounded great, but being percussion & low brass people, we paid extra-close attention to the mallets and baritone. The mallet girl nailed every part, and she had a huge grin on her face the whole time :-) . Meanwhile, the baritone guy was moving effortlessly all over his horn–he had a very solid grasp of his partials!

We’ve seen several school concerts this year, but this show at Governor Morehead wins first place! Not only were the kids excellent musicians, they also brought such a positive and fun vibe to their performance, the kind you don’t see very often. We’ll definitely be back to check these kids out again!

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